Swiss public opinion invites itself into the competition for the replacement of the Swiss F18 and F5

24 hours after the announcement of the winner of the AIR2030 competition aimed at replacing the F / A 18 Hornet and F5 Tiger II fighter jets in service with the Swiss air forces, the weight of public opinion seems to represent a growing issue. , not to say decisive, in this dossier whose twists and turns have little to envy a round of 8 opposing France to Switzerland. According to the Swiss media, the outcome of this competition is likely not to be more favorable to the French Rafale than yesterday's match for the French team, since everything seems to indicate that the head of the Federal Department of Defense, Viola Amherd, chose to favor the offer of Lockheed-Martin and his F-35.

But the arguments advanced by Armasuisse and Me Amherd, or to be more exact, the arguments which would have leaked in the press on this subject, are very far from convincing a good part of the Swiss press, as well as the left parties of the country, who announced bluntly that if an American plane, F35 or F / A 18 E / F, was selected, they would call for a vote against this program, as was the case in 2014 against the Swedish Gripen, in a remarkably close context, with a very real risk of derailing the process of modernizing the Swiss air forces once again. Since then, press articles have multiplied, particularly in French-speaking Switzerland, to support the French offer or rquestion the fairness of the selection process, the confidentiality of offers, the performance of the F35 et the very management of the call for tenders, since many are those who seem to discover that the principle of the Best Offer is never respected, and that this type of competition involving several billion euros, gives rise to offers and counter-offers on the part of the participating industrialists until 'at the last minute, in Switzerland as elsewhere.

In 2014, a federal vote invalidated the decision to acquire 22 Gripen fighter jets from the Swedish manufacturer Saab, after the federal council gave preference to Saab against the French Rafale, which came out first in the operational evaluation, on the basis of only budgetary criteria.

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