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As with the Lamborghini go on Patrol

Six billion Swiss francs for new combat aircraft would be much too much, says national councillor Priska Seiler Graf, a member of the Security Commission (SiK). It is clear that this sum is a high-performance aircraft will be bought. But that does not need Switzerland, according to the SP. "We have looked at what the fighter aircraft, and came to the conclusion that for air police duties, a suitable, lightweight fighter, it have about Italy or the Czech Republic, would cost much less. Four billion Swiss francs for aircraft and missiles would be appropriate," says Seiler count.

"The lighter fighter jets also have the advantage that they are less prone to, the maintenance is easier and cheaper." And you could keep the F/A-18 fleet save, and even longer in balance until 2035, she says, if you would deal with the air police duties with another aircraft. To do "these tasks with a high-tech plane, as if one were to go with a Lamborghini on Patrol. I understand that this would be casual. But it is exaggerated. We should remain realistic."

Also, for the Greens, the Federal Council is stirring with a big ladle: 18 billion Swiss francs wool to spend the Federal Council for combat aircraft, tweeted national councillor Balthasar Glättli immediately after the press conference: as you know, the Jets cost over its entire service life three times the purchase price. The Greens call for solutions "against the biggest real danger: the climate crisis". Here, the Federal Council should invest 18 billion.

Too small Budget is a "dangerous"

Also on the civil side, there is criticism: The SVP wants budget of seven billion Swiss francs for the Aviator, not just six. "With six billion Swiss francs, we are not able to procure either the 40 aircraft, which, according to the experts, are necessary, or we limit us in the types of choice from the Outset. This is dangerous," says the Bernese SVP national councillor Werner Salzmann. It was important that the new fighter jet for Switzerland fits, and that is ensured by retaining ability. In the event of a crisis, the pilot would have to act a certain period of time. "Therefore, the Size of the fleet is important, but also the quality." Actually, the SVP nine billion Swiss francs for aircraft and missiles wanted to, now there are still eight billion, says Salzmann.

the criticism also comes from the associations: The population will eckelt "verse," writes Lewin Lempert, spokesman for the group for a Switzerland without an army (GsoA), in a media release. The people who have rejected almost five years, the procurement of the Gripen fighter jets must be able to have a say in the type of decision. "It depends very much on what type of aircraft is procured." Therefore, it is not fair, if the type of decision had long since completed or will delayed until after the vote.

The Swiss officers ' Association (SOG) argues, as the SVP, for a Cost ceiling of up to seven billion Swiss francs. Six billion Swiss francs, would limit the Federal Council and Parliament at an early stage is unnecessary, writes the SOG in a message.

"We want to compensate for the plane necessarily,"

the economy comes in turn to criticism because of the decision of the Federal Council, not the full fighter jet-price, with counter-transactions in the country. But only 60 percent. The Association of machinery, electrical and metal industry (Swissmem) and the Swiss business Association for security and defense technology (GRPM) regret this, and point out that the Federal Council of the important Parts of the industry could not expect active support for the template. "The state government wool seem to attract the difficult referendum on the renewal of the air force without the full commitment of important parts of the industry and without adequate participation of all parts of the country on the economic Benefits of the billions of procurement", say it in a message.

A Yes comes, however, from the middle: The FDP will support the template, although you would have actually is in favour of an armament program, says FDP national councillor and safety politician Corina Eichenberger. "But the Parliament has now decided that there should be a referendum. So this is good for us. In principle, we want the plane necessarily."

As the only party fully satisfied the party of the Federal councillor Viola Amherd, the CVP is: Amherd have paved the way for the renewal of the air force. For the CVP was always clear that there is need not a hundred percent compensation of the purchase price, and that only the fighter jets come in front of the people, was completely in order. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 16.05.2019, 14:20 PM

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