Switzerland Prefers F-35 and Patriot

Switzerland Prefers F-35 and Patriot
Switzerland Prefers F-35 and Patriot

Swiss defence ministry announced that the country would defend its skies with Lockheed Martin’s F-35A aircraft and Raytheon’s Patriot air defence system. The ministry said that the country “wants to monitor, protect and defend its airspace in the event of an attack. As a neutral state, it wants to be as little dependent as possible on other states or organizations.”


On June 30, 2021, the ministry said that the Federal Council favoured 36 F-35A fighter aircraft from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin and 5 Patriot fire units from US manufacturer Raytheon.

The delivery of new combat aircraft and a ground-based air defence system with greater range is expected to take place between 2025 and 2030.

Switzerland Prefers F-35 and Patriot

Federal Councilor Viola Amherd, head of The Federal Department of Defence, made a press meeting and explained why F-35 is preferred. She stated that the evaluation of candidate aircraft was based on four criteria and that F-35 reached the highest point amongst competitors on three criteria. She underlined that F-35 scored better than competitors; effectiveness, logistic support and cooperation. The aircraft was founded the cheapest in procurement and operational cost. The cost will not exceed 6 billion francs.