Swiss plan to replace F-5 Tigers with Gripens

The Swiss Air Force plan to aquire 22 Gripens from Saab (Stock Photo - Swedish Air Force Gripens) / © Frank Grealish

The Swiss Air Force plan to aquire 22 Gripens from Saab (Stock Photo - Swedish Air Force Gripens) / © Frank Grealish

Posted By Frank Grealish

The Swiss Defence Minister, Ueli Maurer, announced at a press conference on November 30 that the Saab JAS39 Gripen has been selected to replace the Swiss Air Force's F-5E/F Tiger IIs.

Negotiations to conclude a deal for the purchase of 22 Gripens from the Saab will now begin with various options being prepared for the Bundesrat (Swiss Federal Council) by February 2012.

With the Gripen, the Federal Council decided on a fighter aircraft that meets the military requirements, but also medium and long term affordability because it is much cheaper not only in procurement but also in operating costs. The decision for the Gripen offers a guarantee that a high-performance combat aircraft can be obtained, without compromising other areas of the army and the necessary equipment.

The Saab JAS39 Gripen, Dassault Rafale & Eurofighter Typhoon all took part in a comprehensive, multi-year evaluation by the Swiss before they selected the Gripen.

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