Skip to comments.US firm pitches ‘budget’ jets for Swiss air force
Posted on 05/28/2014 11:23:59 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
American company Textron Airland is bidding to sell its budget Scorpion jets to the Swiss government at one-seventh the cost of Swedish Gripen fighter planes turned down by voters in Switzerland this month.
The Scorpion is ideally suited to Switzerlands circumstances, Textron Airland president Bill Anderson is quoted as telling Tages Anzeiger in a report this week.
It is cheaper than the Gripen and still meets 90 percent of the tasks at hand, Anderson said.
We could offer the jet to Switzerland for less than $20 million.
Swiss voters on May 18th shot down a deal approved by the government to buy 22 Gripen fighter jets from Saab for 3.1 billion francs ($3.5 billion).
The planes were to replace the Swiss air forces ageing fleet of 54 F-5 Tiger aircraft to defend Switzerlands air space.
Textron Airlands Scorpion, first shown in Europe at air shows in Britain last summer, is not a supersonic fighter like the Gripen and is not intended to be, according to the manufacturer.
The multi-mission tactical military jet is designed to be an affordable option for air forces to provide air space surveillance and intelligence.
Anderson said most air force planes only conduct those kinds of tasks on a day to day basis, according to Tages Anzeiger.
The company, a joint venture between Textron and Airland Enterprises, indicated it hopes to sell 2,000 of the Scorpion aircraft to air forces around the world.
Its economic, convenient and flexible, Anderson said.
Textron, the worlds largest supplier of business jets, also produces Bell helicopters and drones.
The Swiss department of defence is not commenting on the Scorpion proposal, noting that no official offer for the jets had been made.
but are they durable enough to be used as anything but trainers?
The “Scorpion” that I flew was the F-89D. Didn’t look anything like that,
I loved the Scorpion. When I was a kid growing up in Syracuse, I used to go to Hancock Field and take pictures of the ANG Scorpions taxiing. Nearly blew out my ears from the noise, though.
Apparently, in the mountainous regions in the south of Russia the Russian biplane did reasonably well against the ME109’s. So if you get to decide where you’ll engage they might do fine.
Homely looking thing. The Aveo of Fighters.
Considering the compactness of air space that needs to be covered and Swiss neutrality so no mission overseas a subsonic budget plane might work. The only mission the Swiss needs is to intercept the hijacked civilian plane.
The swiss should look into supersonic drones.
20 megabucks buys quite a lot of surplus Russian fighter.
Well, it’s Switzerland, you know—not like Norway. Norway’s buying F-35s.