Switzerland signed an agreement on the acquisition of American F-35A fighters and Patriot air defense
Swiss defense procurement agency Armasuisse November 26, 2021 reported that agreed with the American fighter of the fifth generation of the US government the terms of agreements for the purchase by Swiss Armed Forces of 36 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II within Air2030 program (aka Neues Kampfflugzeug - NKF) and 5 American anti-aircraft missile systems (batteries) Raytheon Patriot under the Bodengestützte-Luft-Verteidigung (Bodluv) program. Contracts for their purchase were concluded under the American program of intergovernmental foreign military sales Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in the form of an exchange of letters LOA (Letters of Offer and Acceptance), with the signing of the LOA by the American side. As soon as the LOA is signed by the Swiss side, the agreements will take effect.
According to Armasuisse, the final agreed contract value for the purchase was 6.035 billion CHF for the F-35A aircraft and 1.987 billion CHF for the Patriot systems, at an exchange rate of CHF 0.95 per US dollar.
According to the value of the agreement for the purchase of F-35A aircraft, the following breakdown is given:
• 3.828 billion Swiss francs for 36 F-35A aircraft itself;
• 1.927 billion Swiss francs for a logistics package including ground equipment, spare parts, documentation, training and technical support from the manufacturer;
• 107 million Swiss francs for ammunition;
• 86 million Swiss francs for training, mission planning and evaluation systems;
• CHF 82 million to cover potential technical risks: F-35As are being procured in the same configuration as other countries and the manufacturer will manufacture the aircraft using the same standards and procedures used for ghjbpdjlcndf over 3,000 aircraft. This means that the risk premium is expected to be low compared to other procurement projects;
• CHF 5 million to account for the expected inflation rate. Inflation only affects the direct subcontracting part of the transaction in Switzerland, that is, RUAG.
Armasuisse said that offsetting obligations in the total amount of 4.2 billion Swiss francs were agreed with the American side under both contracts, including 1 billion Swiss francs will be direct orders placed by American manufacturers from Swiss companies.
Earlier, in a referendum on September 27, 2020, voters in Switzerland with a small majority supportedthe program for the purchase of new fighters and air defense systems, with a budget limit of 6 billion francs for the first program (6.314 billion francs, taking into account the projected inflation rate for the payment schedule until 2031) and 2 billion francs for the second. Thus, now Armasuisse declares that it falls within the limits approved by the referendum. In fact, there is a clear slyness behind this, since, as you can see, F-35A aircraft are purchased practically without weapons.
Delivery of F-35A aircraft and Patriot air defense systems of the Swiss Air Force is expected in the period from 2025 to 2030. It is assumed that the service life of the purchased F-35A fighters in the Swiss Air Force will be at least 30 years, and more likely until 2070. Switzerland became the 15th foreign customer for the F-35.
From the side of bmpd, recallthat on June 30, 2021, the Swiss government (Federal Council) decided to purchase for the Swiss armed forces 36 American fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters under the Air2030 (NKF) program and five American Raytheon Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems under the Bodengestützte program -Luft-Verteidigung (Bodluv). The relevant decisions were presented to the Swiss Parliament for approval.
At the same time, it was stated that both American proposals at the time of submission in February 2021 were the cheapest among the competitors in the tender for these programs. The cost of the proposal for the purchase of 36 F-35A aircraft was then declared 5.068 billion Swiss francs (5.47 billion dollars, as a result, in the contract agreement it increased by 1 billion Swiss francs), and the cost of the proposal for the purchase of five Patriot air defense systems was 1.97 billion Swiss francs ($ 2.13 billion). The life cycle cost of 36 F-35A aircraft over a projected 30-year service life in the Swiss Air Force was estimated at 15.5 billion francs, 2 billion less than the next highest bidder.
It was reported that in a competitive evaluation in Switzerland, the F-35A scored 336 points, which is 95 points more than the next candidate. At the same time, the F-35A was in the lead in three of the four main criteria of requirements (efficiency, technical support, interoperability), and was second only in the offer of a compensation offset package. However, the Swiss government noted that compensation of 60 percent of the contract value must be "fully honored" no later than four years after the last F-35A was delivered.
P about the program Air2030 ( the NKF) The Swiss government intended to purchase 36 to 40 new fighters worth up to CHF 6 billion to replace the current Swiss Air Force combat aircraft fleet of 30 Boeing F / A-18C / D Hornet fighters and 24 Northrop F-5E / F Tiger II fighters ... At the same time, under the Bodengestützte-Luft-Verteidigung (Bodluv) program, it is planned to purchase medium and long-range anti-aircraft missile systems, for which it was planned to spend up to 2 billion Swiss francs (now Switzerland does not have such systems in service).
In July 2018 and January 2020, Armasuisse sent out requests for proposals through the NKF program to manufacturers of four types of fighters: Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet Block III, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II. At the same time, a request for proposals was sent out under the Bodluv program for the acquisition of Eurosam SAMP / T and Raytheon Patriot air defense systems.
Now Switzerland is making its second attempt to acquire new fighters - after the 2009-2011 tender, in which the Dassaul Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab JAS-39E Gripen NG aircraft participated. Although then the Swiss Air Force, based on the test results of all three types, unofficially leaned towards the Rafale aircraft, which showed the best scoring characteristics in a comparative analysis, however, in November 2011, the Swiss government chose the cheapest option in the form of the purchase of 22 Swedish JAS-39E fighters for the amount of 3.1 billion Swiss francs. But at the national referendum held on May 18, 2014, by a small margin (53.4%), the majority of its participants opposed the program for the purchase of 22 JAS-39E fighters, mainly for economic reasons.
A new referendum threat, which can be approved (or rejected) procurement already ordered aircraft F-35A, and for which agitate opponents procurement of new fighters (led c leftist circles and movement "Switzerland without an army" - GSoA), continues to loom and over the current Swiss extermination program - it is believed that the opponents of the purchase have about another year to initiate a possible referendum.