F-35 Switzerland

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Lockheed Martin solves the world’s toughest technology challenges. More than 70 nations rely on Lockheed Martin employees, products and technologies to help them protect and connect their citizens and advance scientific discovery. In a time of growing unpredictability and evolving threats, innovation and performance are at the center of everything we do.

F-35: The Best Choice for Switzerland

The F-35 Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin, is the world’s premiere 5th Generation multirole stealth fighter, redefining national security. With radar-evading stealth for air policing and interception, advanced sensors, supersonic speed and range, the F-35 is the most advanced fighter jet in the world- built to ensure national security and sovereignty for decades to come.

Unmatched Capability for Securing Swiss Airspace

When it comes to air policing and interception, the F-35 has the unmatched capability to secure the Swiss airspace. Its stealth capabilities are unprecedented in tactical fighter aviation, allowing pilots to counter threats undetected, complete the mission at hand, and return the pilot home to safety. An integrated airframe design, advanced materials and other specialized design features give the F-35 this significant advantage over 4th Generation aircraft.

In addition, the F-35 has the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history. Data collected by these sensors can immediately be shared with commanders at sea, in the air or on the ground, providing an instantaneous view of multi-mission operations. The Distributed Aperture System (DAS), which sends high resolution real-time imagery to the pilot’s helmet from six cameras mounted around the jet, combined with the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), which displays all critical information a pilot needs to operate the mission.

Life-Cycle Costs

The F-35 combines unprecedented operational capability with an affordable and efficient global sustainment network, making it the most cost-effective solution for Switzerland.

According to the most recent F-35 contract reached in September 2018, the approximate per variant unit prices, including jet, engine and fee are as follows:

  • F-35A: $89.2 million
  • F-35B: $115.5 million
  • F-35C: $107.7 million

The F-35 cost is gradually reducing each year and the Unit Recurring Flyaway cost will be less than $80 million per jet by 2020, making the cost of a 5th Generation F-35A equivalent to a 4th Generation fighter – with a substantial capability advantage. All F-35 customers have the opportunity to share in the supply chain network, flight and maintenance training, and integrated operations costs, providing significant savings for operators. Several countries in the European region, including Israel, Italy, The Netherlands and Norway are already flying the F-35, which will provide even more opportunities for cost-sharing and partnership.

Strategic Partnerships

International cooperation is essential facing today’s ever-evolving global threats. The F-35 strengthens all branches of armed forces and enables better defense cooperation. It makes the Swiss Air Force a part of an international community of F-35 operators, which further enhances cooperation using the world’s most advanced and survivable technology.

The F-35 Lightning II will help ensure Switzernald’s national security and its ability for building collaborative partnerships for decades to come.

Industrial Opportunities

Lockheed Martin continues to actively work with Swiss companies on expanding business opportunities through direct and indirect offset projects in support of Swiss Industry. Switzerland’s participation in the F-35 program would provide many opportunities for Swiss companies to pursue the next generation of industrial partnership and bring jobs to Switzerland’s aerospace and defense industry for decades to come.