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Military deal on $ 3,5 billion for Switzerland’s purchase of aircraft from Sweden may be disrupted due to fears in the Pentagon’s dirty game

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Military deal on $ 3,5 billion for Switzerland’s purchase of aircraft from Sweden may be disrupted due to fears in the Pentagon’s dirty game

In Switzerland, a scandal erupted around the acquisition of Swedish fighters JAS 22 Gripen for the country's Air Force 39 - US intelligence agencies allegedly can use aircraft communications systems for espionage, writes the local newspaper Le Matin Dimanche.


Some experts call the Swedish combat aircraft Gripen one of the most advanced in the world, but opponents of the deal have a weighty argument - its surveillance and communication systems are made by an American company close to the Pentagon.

Earlier, when creating communication equipment, Saab collaborated with the Swiss electronics company Roschi Rohde & Schwartz, but in 2013 broke off the contract and signed a new agreement with the American Rockwell Collins, which supplies aviation equipment to US government. Several Swiss experts are confident that the equipment of this enterprise may have built-in “surprises” from American intelligence.

Although the Swiss will have the opportunity to establish their own encryption keys for communication channels, the device itself and software may have intentional vulnerabilities, says expert on electronic warfare at Swiss Crows Association Richard Morva. “It would be surprising if the Americans did not leave a backdoor in their software,” he said.

Even the chairman of the Christian Democratic People's Party, Christoph Darbelle, who had previously supported the purchase of fighters, said he would demand an explanation from the country's defense minister, Uli Maurer. “In the light of the revelations of Edward Snowden, I think (the Saab contract with the Americans. - RP) is a mistake. I always trust more companies with offices in Bern than uncle Sam, ”added the head of the Christian Democrats.

At the request of Le Matin Dimanche, the Swiss Defense Ministry replied that the terms of the deal with the Swedes "never excluded the possibility of using components made outside of Europe."

The purchase of Saab's multipurpose fighter aircraft is estimated at 3,1 billion Swiss francs ($ 3,5 billion), according to the laws of the country submitted to a general referendum, which will be held 18 in May. According to recent polls, the majority of voters do not support the purchase of Swedish aircraft.

Meanwhile, the deal also has influential supporters from among Swiss businessmen: in case of signing the contract, Saab has pledged to conclude additional contracts with local enterprises in the amount of 2,5 billion Swiss francs ($ 2,8 billion).

For example, Pilatus, an aircraft manufacturer, said on Friday that if a deal on fighters was successful, they had agreed with Saab to supply 20 training aircraft to Sweden and to create a joint programming center in Switzerland.

Despite tough competition, Saab successfully sells its products to many countries, says Russia / CIS Observer editor-in-chief Aviation expert Maxim Pyadushkin to Russkaya Planet.

“The main customer of this fourth-generation lightweight single-engine fighter is the Swedish Air Force, but Saab has contracts for these planes with South Africa, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Brazil. The Swedish manufacturer has a lot of experience in the creation of combat aircraft, the Swedish Air Force fighters of the previous generation Draken flew the Air Forces of Austria, Denmark and Finland, ”explains the specialist.

According to Pyadushkin, the practice of mutually beneficial cooperation with its partners distinguishes Saab from its competitors.

“Swedes are free to transfer technology. In the cases of South Africa and Brazil, they transferred to local manufacturers the right to manufacture individual components of the aircraft and its technical support. This is what makes them different from Americans, ”the expert concludes.
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  1. johnsnz
    johnsnz April 1 2014 12: 10
    +9
    It turns out that the United States plays in radio-controlled modelki around the world
    1. jjj
      jjj April 1 2014 12: 38
      +2
      For buyers, there is now a reason to think: I bought weapons, equipment or software from the states, but it shoots at you
      1. mamont5
        mamont5 April 1 2014 13: 42
        +4
        Quote: jjj
        For buyers, there is now a reason to think: I bought weapons, equipment or software from the states, but it shoots at you

        That's it, everyone needs to stop buying such things from the USA. Much more will come of it.
    2. avg
      avg April 1 2014 12: 45
      +2
      Quote: johnsnz
      It turns out that the United States plays in radio-controlled modelki around the world

      Do naive porters still doubt it? laughing
      An urgent Snowden press conference to arrange.
      1. Letun
        Letun April 1 2014 14: 07
        0
        Ai da Snowden, Ai da son of a bitch repeat
        In general, after all these stories with sanctions, we must let him off the leash, otherwise our leader was worried that he would harm our "partners." So let it hurt, now is the time laughing
    3. APASUS
      APASUS April 1 2014 21: 12
      0
      Quote: johnsnz
      It turns out that the United States plays in radio-controlled modelki around the world

      It turns out that the US has ceased to trust the allies
  2. polite people
    polite people April 1 2014 12: 15
    +1
    Our shot ran everywhere. tongue
  3. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 April 1 2014 12: 17
    +2
    The people of Switzerland and the Swiss Ministry of Defense - let's go for orders of Russian MIGs and SU. Our planes are no worse than NATO ones, and we certainly have no suspicions of "gimmicks" of spy machines. We know how to make good equipment, but we haven’t yet matured technologically to American tricks. You can sign up for catapults to Ukraine. There they are converted from tanks.
    1. Server
      Server April 1 2014 12: 22
      0
      don't they like camphor airplanes
    2. supertiger21
      supertiger21 April 1 2014 16: 27
      0
      Quote: mojohed2012
      Ida for orders of Russian twigs and SU.


      Among the MiGs we have nothing to sell them, and Dryers are too large and expensive for the Swiss.
  4. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 April 1 2014 12: 22
    +4
    The Swiss Air Force is already in service with the American F-18 Hornet, after long comparisons they chose the Grippen.
    Yes, it can be inferior in terms of performance characteristics to larger competitors, but its electronics (avionics, radar) and weapons system are quite at a level that is somewhat superior to our MiG-35.
    For example, it can carry KEPD-150 / 350 TAURUS cruise missiles or Meteor airborne missiles.
    Plus, it has an advanced information exchange system (which allows you to get a tactical advantage in aerial combat) and for example there is a low-altitude flight mode with an envelope around the terrain, which is important for working against enemy air defense. It will have a better radar than the MiG-35, the hanging container is not even discussed.
    For your money - a decent choice. Aircraft level and dimension of the famous F-5E Tiger II. It was just in service with the countries of the 3 world as a mass fighter.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas April 1 2014 12: 40
      +2
      Quote: Novel 1977
      Plus, it has an advanced information exchange system (which allows you to get a tactical advantage in aerial combat)

      Here is the question. Communication and data transmission system CDL 39 is original Swedish and "evil Yankees" cannot "spy" through it. Maybe the Swedes offered the Swiss Gripenes with Link-16?
    2. supertiger21
      supertiger21 April 1 2014 16: 34
      0
      Quote: Novel 1977
      Yes, it can be inferior in terms of performance characteristics to larger competitors, but its electronics (avionics, radar) and weapons system are quite at a level that is somewhat superior to our MiG-35s. For example, it can carry KEPD-150/350 TAURUS cruise missiles or missiles BB DB Meteor. Plus it has an advanced information exchange system (which allows you to get a tactical advantage in aerial combat) and for example there is a low-altitude flight mode with an envelope around the terrain, which is important for working against enemy air defense. His radar will be more advanced than that of the MiG-35, the hanging container is not even discussed.


      Yes, the plane is not bad! And if it’s true that it surpasses our MiG-35 in BREO, then it’s really a pity for our MiG. But in flight performance it is already inferior to our MiG, as well as to the French Rafal and Western European Eurofighter. By the way, Rafal surpasses Gripen practically in everything, however, it costs 1,5-2 times more expensive. Price is the trump card of the Swedish fighter.
  5. Aleksandr12
    Aleksandr12 April 1 2014 12: 22
    +2
    Let them buy MIG with Swiss equipment, I think aircraft builders do not mind smile
  6. Siberian19
    Siberian19 April 1 2014 12: 22
    +1
    We need to invite them to the T-50 project, Americans and Swedes will conquer what will be heard in Siberia! wink
  7. SILAnov
    SILAnov April 1 2014 12: 22
    0
    Ayda, the Russian military-industrial complex !!!
  8. Lissyara
    Lissyara April 1 2014 12: 24
    +1
    "Not all of those who managed to get in the back ... get in without soap, come back."
    Y. Tatarkin
    This is me about the Americans. Straight some kind of annoying flies.
  9. Nayhas
    Nayhas April 1 2014 12: 32
    +4
    In Switzerland, a scandal erupted around the acquisition of Swedish fighters JAS 22 Gripen for the country's Air Force 39 - US intelligence agencies allegedly can use aircraft communications systems for espionage, writes the local newspaper Le Matin Dimanche.

    It is strange to hear this from the inhabitants of the country of the Air Force which are F / A-18C Hornet fighters. Maybe they don’t know that these planes are made in the USA?
    1. Semurg
      Semurg April 1 2014 19: 56
      +1
      Quote: Nayhas
      In Switzerland, a scandal erupted around the acquisition of Swedish fighters JAS 22 Gripen for the country's Air Force 39 - US intelligence agencies allegedly can use aircraft communications systems for espionage, writes the local newspaper Le Matin Dimanche.

      It is strange to hear this from the inhabitants of the country of the Air Force which are F / A-18C Hornet fighters. Maybe they don’t know that these planes are made in the USA?

      So in the article it is written that the Swiss company was the supplier of communication equipment earlier, and now the whole fuss has become American (so that their share of components does not decrease in the planes supplied for them, I think they will agree amicably) For the size and relief of Switzerland, influenza is close to ideal choice, but in general the Swiss fellows didn’t seem to have any threats of war in Europe, but they update the Air Force (keep gunpowder dry)
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  10. Arh
    Arh April 1 2014 12: 52
    +1
    JAS 39 Gripen !!! ***
  11. koksalek
    koksalek April 1 2014 12: 55
    +2
    Disable on occasion as well as Master-Card with Visa
  12. kelevra
    kelevra April 1 2014 14: 44
    0
    Che themselves, NATO and other countries will not send this USA to hell! They have already got everyone, dirty scum!
  13. Anton Gavrilov
    Anton Gavrilov April 1 2014 14: 50
    +1
    The plane is really very good, but it has obviously been praised lately. Well, and about the receivers, what else can you expect from Uncle Sam?
  14. Yun Klob
    Yun Klob April 1 2014 16: 35
    0
    America’s lack of money is starting to negatively affect friends ’loyalty.
  15. supertiger21
    supertiger21 April 1 2014 16: 39
    0
    Nice fighter, relatively cheap and simple good ! But in the place of the Swiss, he would choose French Rafale. He is more powerful than Gripen, but also more expensive than him.
  16. the polar
    the polar April 1 2014 17: 06
    0
    Why Switzerland, a small mountainous country, fighter aircraft? It would be better if we purchased additional air defense systems and would sleep peacefully on our bags of money.