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Switzerland F-35

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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Lockheed Martin is a trusted partner for governments and armed forces around the world. We have more than 375 facilities and 16,000 active suppliers, with more than 1,000 of those suppliers located outside of the US.

We have been invited by armasuisse to participate in the Air2030 competition to replace the current Swiss combat aircraft fleet, with deliveries scheduled from 2025 onwards.

The F-35 is a multi-role fighter aircraft that is ideally suited to the task of monitoring, protecting and defending Swiss airspace.

For Switzerland, the F-35A model is offered. The F-35A is a conventional take-off and landing variant being adopted by three branches of the U.S. armed forces and by international partners and customers around the world.

The F-35A quickly gets to where it needs to be and is nimble enough to handle the diverse Swiss terrain. It is interoperable with a number of other systems, which will include the ground-based air defense system that Switzerland is also in the process of selecting.

Combine the jet’s performance with an array of sensors that allow the pilot to maintain a complete picture of the threat environment and you have a potent solution for Switzerland’s national security requirements.

The F-35 is an investment in future defense capabilities. As the only true 5th generation platform available to Switzerland, the F-35 is designed to be upgraded as technology advances and as threats evolve. With an expected in-service life of around 50 years, the F-35 will be a great asset to defend Swiss airspace for decades to come.

Swiss industry already plays a role in building the F-35, with two suppliers providing components to the aircraft. A 5th generation aircraft requires a whole new approach to design, manufacturing and sustainment.

Lockheed Martin submitted a proposal in November 2020 to the Swiss Government that meets offset requirements and will also allow industry to benefit from the uplift in skills and technology that working on a high-tech program demands. The proposal includes an industrial package providing Swiss industry substantial F-35 work opportunities. Should the F-35 be selected as the new fighter for Switzerland, this industrial work would take place in all Swiss regions. Swiss industry has the opportunity to compete for direct production of components for use on all F-35s produced, sustainment projects focused on supporting the Swiss Air Force and enhancing Swiss autonomy, and cyber security projects directly related to F-35.

The F-35 can be acquired at a price competitive with legacy 4th generation aircraft. The F-35’s ongoing modernization efforts will ensure it outpaces advancing threats and continue to widen the gap over existing aircraft. With 13 participants and counting, the modernization efforts are shared across the growing F-35 enterprise and provide unmatched affordability. As we develop and deliver upgraded capabilities, our goal is to maintain or reduce costs across production and sustainment.