The Swiss Parliament today approved the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft, including related funding of SEK 3.126 billion on the basis of an independent fund.
The National Council has approved the proposal by 119 votes to 71, with 4 abstentions, and the Council of States by 25 votes to 17.
The PS, the Greens and the Liberal Greens have already announced they will seek a referendum to oppose the acquisition of the fighters. The date of the referendum will be published in the coming days in the Federal Gazette.
If 50,000 signatures are collected within 100 days, the last word will rest with the people, who will then decide in a referendum likely to be held in May or September 2014.
The referendum vote would be on the law that regulates the Gripen fund, which will finance the acquisition of the 22 aircraft.
It is expected that the military will pay about 300 million francs annually, for 10 years, into an independent fund to finance these aircraft. These 300 million would be taken from the overall budget of the armed forces, which currently stands at 4.7 billion francs.
The Swiss Parliament approves funding of 3.1 billion francs for the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft project
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
Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim met Sweden's Secretary of State for Defence Carl von der Esch last week to discuss about the progress on the Gripen deal, according to the official blog for Gripen. The Swedish delegation also met with the Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, Ari Matos Cardoso, who said that he is creating a Working Group (WG) which will monitor the entire process of purchase of the aircraft and the process should be completed and formalized by the end of February
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The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has selected Saab's Gripen-NG aircraft for its new multimission fighters contract worth $4.5 billion
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