European aerospace giant to sell 33 jets to Switzerland
Aug. 27, 2012, Geneva, Sui - European aerospace giant EADS says it could sell 33 secondhand Eurofighter jets to Switzerland – a deal that could trump an offer by Sweden's Saab AB for 22 new Gripen planes to update the aging Swiss fleet.
EADS' defence unit Cassidian says the Eurofighter jets are currently being flown by Germany's Luftwaffe and would cost the same
as Saab's Gripen.
Switzerland announced last year it would order 22 next-generation Gripen fighters from the Swedish aerospace company at a cost of 3.1 billion francs ($3.4 billion).
Cassidian spokesman Claas Belling said Monday that Switzerland has yet to request an official offer from EADS.
The Swiss government has been criticized by lawmakers for choosing Gripen fighters over Rafale jets made by France's Dassault
Aviation or new Eurofighter planes.