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Sweden confirms sale of Gripen to Switzerland

Sweden confirms sale of Gripen to Switzerland

Published: 28 Aug 2012 17:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Aug 2012 17:01 GMT+02:00

The first delivery will take place in mid-2018, with all 22 planes to be delivered by 2021 at a cost of 3.126 billion Swiss francs.

“The negotiations were tough,” said Christian Catrina, who represented Switzerland in the deal, according to the TT news agency.

The deal for the Gripen E/F -- or Super-Jas -- planes was officially signed on Tuesday afternoon, with Ulf Hammarström of the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (Försvarsexportmyndigheten - FXM) positive about the exchange.

“We are pleased with this agreement, which will be of great benefit to the countries' defence forces,” he said.

Switzerland is expected to pay a first installment in January 2014 of 300 million francs.

The move to buy the planes was hotly contested in Switzerland where the parliamentary security commission found that the "choice of jet made by the Federal Council carries the most risks: technically, commercially, financially and in respect of the delivery date", Swiss news agency ATS reported.

The members of the commission, all appointed by the Swiss parliament's National Council of representatives, nonetheless voted 16 to 9 against demanding that ministers put a halt to the deal.

Sweden intends to purchase between 40 and 60 of the jets.

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Your comments about this article

20:42 August 28, 2012 by sunnchilde
$148 Million per plane isn't too bad. It's about $50 million less per copy than the F-35.
22:40 August 28, 2012 by SecondGen
Can't claim to be a neutral country if your buying from the U.S. or Russian block.

Sensible purchase in my view.
07:47 August 29, 2012 by blursd
Second Gen ...

There's nothing un-neutral about BUYING arms from one side or the other. It's a question of which side(s) you SELL to ...

Most international neutrality norms are based on neutral countries not giving arms sale preferences to one side over the other, and usually ban some types of military equipment sales (such as land mines, heavy navy ships, artillery, etc ...).
10:44 August 29, 2012 by Children Of Adam
That is very good deal, Good job Sweden!

Every country has right to have better defense system and only for defending themselves against invaders.
04:01 August 30, 2012 by jimfromcanada
Neutral countries need to be better armed than others because they can't always call on alliances for help when attacked. Also buying arms from one side or the other always leaves you vulnerable if that side cuts off resupply or maintenance.
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