"Against whom is neutral Switzerland going to use F-35 fighters?": Reflections in the Chinese press
The Chinese press drew attention to the fact that to modernize their fleet of combat aviation Switzerland intends to purchase the latest American fighters. Voennoye Obozreniye previously reported that for the needs of the Swiss Air Force, the government of this country intends to purchase 36 F-5A fighters of the 35th generation from the United States. And this is against the background of the fact that earlier the Swiss authorities announced their readiness to acquire Rafale fighters from France.
An author in the Chinese edition of Sohu reflects on the questions:
At the same time, it is noted that the country is going to spend $ 6,5 billion on a deal with the United States.
It is indicated that the F-35A are attack aircraft, which can hardly be called exclusively defense aviation. And Switzerland is positioning its army as a defensive one. Not only that, they are stealth fighters. And why, the Chinese press are perplexed, to use stealth aircraft to patrol their airspace?
The Chinese press noted that usually Swiss air patrols are carried out by a maximum of a couple of dozen planes "per season." At the same time, in a number of cases, flights have to be coordinated with neighboring countries, including the NATO states (Germany, Italy, France), since fighters of the Swiss "neutral" Air Force constantly find themselves in the airspace of these countries.
- Chinese users comment on the situation.
The author in Sohu points out that the Swiss troops have a fairly impressive arsenal and number, despite the declared military neutrality and the population of 8,5 million people.
At the same time, attention is drawn to the fact that Switzerland decided to buy an "excess number" of F-35A fighters after the visit of US President Joe Biden to this country. Perhaps there was some political component.
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