Too expensive: Swiss do not want any new combat aircraft
In a referendum, a narrow majority of Swiss spoke out against the purchase of new fighter aircraft. Opponents of the arms business said the planes were too expensive and not necessary to the security of Switzerland. The money would be better invested in infrastructure and education.
The Swiss , the government plans to buy new fighter jets too expensive. In a referendum rejected good 53 percent of voters on Sunday the procurement of 22 combat aircraft for 3.12 billion francs ( 2.55 billion euros) .
The machines of the Swedish manufacturer Saab Gripen type should replace 54 machines for over 30 years, the Swiss Air Force F/A-18 next 32 combat aircraft in operation. Above all, the voters in western Switzerland voted against it .
The aircraft purchase is too expensive and not necessary for the safety of Switzerland , the Gripen opponents had argued . The money would be better used for infrastructure investment and education . As a basic no-confidence vote against the army of the result can not be taken , said the pollster Claude Longchamp . “The cost issue was at the center. ” Last fall, the Swiss had rejected the abolition of conscription in a referendum with 73 percent.
Counter plans that Switzerland could also hire fighters instead of buying , the Social Democrats announced an immediate resistance. The army had to be leaner and more efficient , urged the party.