10/26/2020

Haggling begins Switzerland want buy fighter jets & U.S State Department approved potential sale

FILE PHOTO: A Swiss Air Force F/A 18 Hornet aircraft releases flare during the Air14 airshow at the airport in Payerne, Switzerland August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

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Haggling begins Switzerland want buy fighter jets & U.S State Department approved potential sale

By a margin of fewer than 9,000 votes, Swiss citizens have given a cautious all-clear for a multi-billion purchase of new fighter jets for the air force.

In the end, 50.1% of the roughly three million voters who cast ballots approved the CHF6 billion ($6.49 billion) funding packet after a surprising afternoon that left pollsters unable to call the result until the last minute.

The government will decide next year between the Eurofighter from Airbus, the Rafale from France’s Dassault, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, or the Lockheed Martin F35-A.

On Wednesday, in a move that would pave the way for the export of either of the US jets, the US State Department approved the potential sale of 40 F-35A’s spare parts, munitions and training for a total estimated cost of $6.58 billion.

The State Department also approved the potential sale of 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets, spares munitions and training as well as related equipment for an estimated cost of $7.45 billion.

The notification process alerts the US Congress that a sale to a foreign country has been approved, but it does not indicate that a contract has been signed or negotiations have concluded.

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