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Swiss nix Gripen deal

Aaaand the Swiss referendum has apparently shot down SAAB selling Switzerland Gripens. The public has spoken, and by the look of it decided it is an unnecessary luxury.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...chase-srf.html
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I'm sure they are nice planes but, if I were Swiss, I would have voted no as well. These days I think the big threat is coming from cyberwarfare which some experts say the Swiss are not prepared for - and in terms of military threat who the heck do they have to worry about with friendly countries on each border?
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Yes, it's not as if Switzerland would seem to be looking to buy something else.
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well they may need a fighter and the gripen is a cheap fighter and still very good
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They need nothing at all:


Last time they had an alert (hijacked plane), french Mirages had to be sent...
The swiss air Force only flight from 8am to 5pm !


http://www.arcinfo.ch/fr/suisse/deto...ce-479-1262819

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Voice of the people, and all that...
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Yes, it's not as if Switzerland would seem to be looking to buy something else.
Are they Is that sarcasm?
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Are they Is that sarcasm?
No. The Swiss public voted away the funding for the purchase. Consequently there's no money for buying anything else either. The vote wasn't over getting anything supposedly better, just about the expense, and the alternatives would cost more anyway.
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They probably wouldn't work as well either; I like the Grippen, wish the RAF had it rather than the expensive Eurofighter...well, actually I wish the FAA had it but...if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
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