F-35s for Switzerland? Why Not?

David Axe
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David Axe

Security, Europe

Neutrality might get stealthy.

F-35s for Switzerland? Why Not?

Switzerland is testing five different aircraft. Besides the F-35 and Typhoon, the candidates include Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault's Rafale and Saab's JAS-39E/F Gripen.

Four U.S. Air Force F-35A stealth fighters on May 31, 2019 arrived at Payerne air base in Switzerland.

The F-35s are scheduled to remain at the base until June 14, 2019 in support of F-35-maker Lockheed Martin in its bid to win the Swiss air force’s $8-billion tender for up to 40 new fighters.

The Swiss air force in April 2019 began evaluating the first of five different fighter types.

(This first appeared in June 2019.)

On April 12, 2019, two Eurofighter Typhoons --  an FGR4 single-seat, multi-role variant and a T3 two-seat trainer, both operated by British Aerospace -- reportedly flew missions from Payerne.

"A Swiss evaluator was noted flying in the two-seater," Scramble magazine reported.

Switzerland is testing five different aircraft. Besides the F-35 and Typhoon, the candidates include Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault's Rafale and Saab's JAS-39E/F Gripen.

"Between April and July 2019, the five candidates will be in Switzerland for aerial and ground tests for a period of two weeks each, with public viewing opportunities," according to Scramble.

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