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Mar 29, 2009

Dassault Aviation, Saab, Eurofighter

Swiss defence minister Ueli Maurer has announced a six-month delay to the nation's selection process for a Northrop F-5 fighter replacement, pushing a decision back to at least January 2010. The Swiss air force late last year completed extensive evaluations of three candidate airframes: the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen. It is notionally seeking up to 33 new aircraft to replace its F-5s (single-seat examples below) under a requirement pegged at $1.9 billion. Maurer, who assumed his post in January, has requested extra time for the completion of a review of Swiss security policy that had originally been scheduled for completion in mid-2009. "A report will be on the table in December," a defence ministry source says, adding: "It would be stupid to make a fighter selection any sooner." Mar 26, 2009

Eurofighter

Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will in late March resume negotiations with the Eurofighter industry consortium over Tranche 3 production of the multirole type. The partner nations have tasked the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency with seeking "significant life cost reductions" before agreeing to sign a "Tranche 3A" deal covering the first 107 of their remaining 236 Eurofighters from an umbrella contract for 620 aircraft. Mar 23, 2009

Lockheed Martin

The Greek air force has formally accepted its first of 30 new F-16C/Ds from Lockheed Martin, with an initial batch of four fighters scheduled to arrive at its Araxos air base in May. Air force chief of the general staff Lt Gen Ioannis Giagkos accepted the single-seat aircraft during a 19 March ceremony at Lockheed's Fort Worth manufacturing site in Texas. He...

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