Swiss Defence Minister wants to continue with 22 new fighter jets
R euters Deutschland, August 18
The Swiss Defense Ueli Maurer now wants to hold on as originally planned in the procurement of 22 new fighter jets.
According to a report on Swiss television, Maurer expects a massive increase in the cost of the project. Instead of the originally planned 2.2 billion Swiss francs budgeted, the Ministry of Defence , in a new army report ,estimates a sum of five billion francs (Ä 3.7 billion) for the entire defense project.
The decision on the purchase of new fighter planes had been suspended last fall. Since then, various options were discussed, including the purchase of only twelve machines or the cancellation of the entire project. The decision of Switzerland is considered as pointing the way for the aircraft industry as currently a number of European countries are looking for a successor for their obsolete fighter aircraft. There are also extensive tender Brazil and India.