Switzerland barely keeps its hunting fleet

Despite the polls which gave a clear advantage to the partisans of the modernization of the fighter fleet of the Helvetic Confederation, the referendum which was held this Sunday, September 27 almost put an end to the hopes of the air forces of the country. Indeed, if the "Yes" was finally retained, this was only by a very narrow majority of 50,1%, the motion in favor having obtained only 8.670 votes more, out of 3,2 million votes cast, than the motion against. Due to this particularly small difference, it is likely that the opponents of this measure, first of all the Helvetic Socialist Party which proposes a solution based on less expensive Italian M346 trainers as an alternative, will try to obtain again the 100.000 signatures needed to trigger a new vote, and derail the continuation of the program.

The federal authorities will now be able to continue the Air 2030 program, which consists of a program for the acquisition of at least 40 modern combat aircraft in an envelope not to exceed 6 billion Swiss francs (5,6 € billion / $ 6,5 billion), and a program of CHF 2 billion for the acquisition of a new anti-aircraft defense system. 4 devices are still in the running for replacement of F5 and F18 of the Swiss Air Force, the Eurofighter Typhoon proposed by Germany, the Dassault Rafale proposed by France, the Boeing F / A 18 E / F Super Hornet and the Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning 2 proposed by the United States. Raytheon's Patriot system is opposed to the Franco-Italian SAMP / T Mamba system for the anti-aircraft component.

Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale are both competing to replace the F5 and F18 of the Swiss Air Force

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