The Federal Armaments Office received an official offer from the US government and Pentagon No. 1 weapons supplier, Lockheed Martin Corp., to provide 5th generation combat aircraft capabilities to the Swiss Air Force.
The F-35 proposal is a total package that includes up to 40 F-35A aircraft, a sustainability solution tailored to Swiss autonomy requirements and a comprehensive training program.
The offer includes an industrial package that offers Swiss industry significant F-35 job opportunities. Should the F-35 be selected as the new fighter for Switzerland, this industrial work would take place in all Swiss regions. Swiss industry has the opportunity to compete for the direct production of components for all F-35s produced, for sustainability projects to support the Swiss Air Force and to strengthen Swiss autonomy, as well as for cybersecurity projects that are directly related to the F-35.
The offering uses the F-35 global sustainability support solution to ensure that Switzerland benefits from the F-35’s European economies of scale to achieve lower sustainability costs for the Swiss Air Force. It also includes a six-month spare parts package to ensure the Swiss Air Force can conduct autonomous operations when needed. Lockheed Martin is also offering an option to assemble four aircraft in Switzerland to ensure the Swiss Air Force and Swiss industry have an understanding of how the F-35 airframe and its advanced capabilities are throughout the life of the program can be serviced.
“We are confident that our F-35 offering is the best, most cost-effective solution for the Swiss NFA competition,” said Greg Ulmer, Vice President and General Manager of the F-35 program. “We are offering the only 5th generation fighter at the expense of 4th generation aircraft and are offering Switzerland an aircraft that will protect Swiss sovereignty for decades to come.”
So far, the F-35 has been selected by 13 nations and operates from 26 bases worldwide, with nine nations operating F-35s on their home soil. Today there are more than 585 F-35s in use, more than 1,190 pilots and 9,750 maintenance staff trained on the aircraft.