The choice, by the Swiss authorities, of the F-35A and the Patriot anti-aircraft system for the modernization of the air forces and the Swiss anti-air defense last June had caused much ink to flow, including digital, on both sides of the Alps. Indeed, until an impromptu meeting between US President Joe Biden and Guy Parmelin, his Swiss counterpart, theThe Swiss press gave the French Rafale, but also the Franco-Italian SAMP / T anti-aircraft system, widely favored of the competition, and only one week from the official announcements. To the point that even Dassault Aviation had anticipated this success, and started to prepare its communication on this subject. No sooner had the meeting taken place with the American President, who had come to Geneva to meet Vladimir Poutine, when the Swiss press was informed, less than 48 hours later, that the F-35A like the Patriot would be the winners.
On the announcement of the decision, the authorities in charge of the process specified that the Lockheed-Martin F-35A had outclassed all of its competitors in almost all assessment categories, and had an overall score much higher than that. of the other competitors, which, again, went entirely against the many unofficial statements made in previous weeks and relayed by the specialized press, which precisely gave the same net advantage to the French Rafale. Aggravatingly, the working documents of Armassuisse, the body which was in charge of the evaluation process of the various devices, would have been destroyed, allowing only the final conclusion of the process to be taken into consideration, and not to evaluate it. the progress during the 2 years having lasted the competition.
Asked about certain results, to say the least questionable, of this evaluation, such as the fact that the F-35A appeared to be the most economical aircraft to use for Berne even though, at the same time, the US Air Force was -even started an arm wrestling with the American Congress to reduce the volume of F-35A ordered precisely for reasons of costs of possession "very higher" than forecasts, these argued on the fact that it was not it is their responsibility to verify the reality of the data transmitted by the manufacturers. In other words, Armassuisse would have taken at face value the data provided by Lockheed-martin in terms of ownership costs, without even noting that they differed greatly. data published by the USAF and the Defense Committee of the United States House of Representatives. In addition, it would seem that the criteria for industrial cooperation, the very ones which constituted a major asset for Dassault Aviation as for Airbus DS, would have been appreciably undervalued in the process, to the chagrin of the Swiss manufacturers themselves, main losers in this case.
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