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swedish jet fighters

Swiss purchase of Gripen closer to takeoff

Published tisdag 21 augusti 2012 kl 20.42

Switzerland is one step closer to buying 22 fighter jets from Sweden despite harsh criticism laid out in a parliamentary report published on Tuesday.

The Swiss parliament's defence committee criticised the choice of plane, stating it had the most inherent risks "commercially, financially and in terms of being delivered on time," reports national news agency ATS.

Yet despite their hesitance, the committee members voted against overturning the government's decision.

The country's defence minister, Ueli Maurer, says negotiations with Sweden are almost concluded and the jet fighter JAS Gripen is still the cheapeast alternative for the Swiss defence forces.

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