Will Switzerland select the F35 despite itself?

The days go by and are not alike in Bern. Indeed, while llast week, the French proposal and the Rafale aircraft seemed to have won competition for the replacement of the F / A 18 Hornets and the Swiss F5 Tiger IIs, the Swiss media seem to know, since the beginning of the week, that now, US proposal and Lockheed-Martin's F35A reportedly close to winning tender. According to the sources cited by both the written press and the television news, this proposal would offer a "value for money" ratio "far exceeding" those of other competitors. However, the word reported by Swiss journalists, as well as the radical change in posture just a few days before the official announcement, raises questions as to the follow-up to the events that led to this situation.

Indeed, everything leads to believe, having regard to the arguments put forward by Berne in favor of the choice of the F35A, that a last minute offer would have been sent at the end of last week by Lockheed Martin to the Swiss authorities in charge of carrying out this call for tenders. The key word presented, the "value for money" of the F35A, suggests that a new price offer would have been made by Washington, to the extent that the quality of the F35A cannot have changed significantly in recent days. Therefore, everything leads to believe that the Lockheed-Martin sales team and the American plenipotentiary assistance teams would have succeeded in proposing a structured offer to precisely meet the criteria of the call for tenders, giving it a significant difference vis-à-vis - vis-à-vis its competitors, to the point that certain journalists in Europe even wonder about respecting the confidentiality of offers.

Lockheed-Martin has cleverly replaced part of the flight hours of the very expensive F35A with an extensive simulator training offer to lower prices and meet the criteria of the Swiss tender. But is it effective for The Defense of Confederation? Nothing is less sure …

However, this (temporary) conclusion does not seem to generate overwhelming enthusiasm on the part of the Swiss authorities. Indeed, according to the Swiss media, they now consider that, given the difference between the American offer and that of these competitors, they would not have "Other choices" than to choose the F35A, a choice of words heavy with meaning in this context, whereas previously, the preference for the French offer seemed to satisfy the majority of the people questioned. However, all hope does not seem lost for the French plane, several elements suggesting that Bern would intend to offer Paris and Berlin the capacity to respond to this last-minute American offer.


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