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Swiss Air Force to get Swedish jets

Switzerland has chosen the Gripen fighter jet manufactured by Sweden’s Saab group to replace the Air Force’s fleet of US-made F5 Tigers, the government said on Wednesday.

The government made its choice on the recommendation of Defence Minister Ueli Maurer.

The Gripen was in competition with the Rafale, made by the French Dassault company and the Eurofighter of the EADS group.

According to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, the Gripen was the cheapest of the three aircraft in contention.

The fleet of 22 will cost about SFr3.1 billion ($3.4 billion), Maurer said.

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