The Swiss Parliament approves funding of 3.1 billion francs for the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft project.
The Swiss Council of States (Ständerat) had already voted in favour of the procurement of Gripen E – Saab’s next-generation multi-role fighter – and for a special procurement fund in March this year. But this month's votation which passed with a clear absolute majority of 27 votes for and 17 against means the procurement has secured the necessary support in both chambers.
At the end of the current parliamentary session, on 27 September, both chambers of the Swiss Parliament; the Ständerat and the National Council (Nationalrat), will revisit and revote on all federal decisions taken during the session, which would include the procurement of Gripen E.
“This a strong endorsement of Gripen, which is the most modern state-of-the art fighter and the most cost-efficient option for Switzerland. The Gripen E is based on a proven platform, and with Sweden committed and the fighter already in pre-production this is a comparatively low risk acquisition" says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.
Czech Republic has decided to lease 14 Gripen aircraft for another 14 years which is yet to be formalized with Sweden. “We are convinced that we have found a mutually good solution which will meet the Czech Air Forces needs, both now and in the future
On the occasion of finalising talks between Czech and Swedish parties on prolongation of a lease agreement of SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok visited 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Caslav to get more information on them. A squadron of SAAB 39 Gripen (also known as JAS-39 Gripen) aircraft serves not only for the Czech Republic but also within NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System
The Swiss Parliament today voted in favor of procuring 22 Gripen E fighter aircraft from SAAB. The security committee of the National Council reached a majority “yes” vote – 14 in favour and 9 against - and it is anticipated that the procurement will progress to the plenum of the Nationalrat for votation in the September session, according to an official statement from the company
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