The Swiss mainly in favor of the acquisition of new fighter planes

On September 27, 2020, Swiss voters are invited to express themselves, as part of the AIR2030 plan, on the acquisition of a fleet of combat aircraft to replace the F18s and F5s currently in service in the air forces. Swiss, for an investment of € 6 billion. According to a survey carried out by the gfs.bern institute for SRF, 58% of those questioned are in favor of this acquisition, which undoubtedly represents a relief for the military in the country.

Indeed, in 2014, a 52% vote was expressed against the continuation of the acquisition process for 22 JAS-39 Gripen from the Swedish manufacturer Saab, in order to replace the F5 Tiger at the end of its potential in the country. In addition, some political parties have clearly taken the party to oppose the replacement of Swiss fighters, some being totally opposed to the idea of ​​acquiring new devices, others offering solutions that are surprising to say the least, such as the acquisition of Italian M346 training and attack aircraft in place of actual combat aircraft. This last solution, proposed by the Swiss Socialist Party, was based on a more than questionable study from an American cabinet, obviously very far from his area of ​​expertise.

Leonardo's Italian training and attack aircraft M-346 does not lack qualities, but is not suited to the needs of the Swiss air forces

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