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Evaluation for the partial replacement of the Tiger aircraft is on schedule - Boeing aircraft manufacturer does not participate

Bern, 30.04.2008 - On 7 January 2008 the DDPS invited the four aircraft manufacturers Boeing, Dassault, EADS and Gripen International to submit offers for the partial replacement of the Tiger fighter aircraft until mid 2008. In a letter dated 30 April the US manufacturer Boeing announced that it will not submit an offer. The evaluation for the partial Tiger replacement will proceed as planned.

At the beginning of the year the DDPS invited the aircraft manufacturers Boeing (USA), Dassault (France), EADS (European consortium) and Gripen International (Sweden) to submit an offer. The offers have to be submitted to armasuisse, the Procurement and Technology Competence Center of the DDPS by mid 2008. On 30 April 2008 Boeing informed armasuisse that it will not submit an offer for the F/A-18E/F within the evaluation.

The DDPS regrets

The Department of Defence, civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) regrets the decision of Boeing, since the 33 F/A-18C/D of the same manufacturer have proven to be of excellent value in Switzerland.
Boeing assured that despite the fact that it will not submit an offer for the partial Tiger replacement, the company will continue to provide its full support for the operation and modernisation of the C/D models. This particularly applies to the current supplementary equipment (Armament Program 03) and to the planned maintenance of capabilities (Armament Program 08).

The next steps

Planning and preparations for the flight and ground tests with the three candidates during the second half of this year in Switzerland will continue on schedule. Within the evaluation, the integrated DDPS Project Team will visit the remaining three companies during the next few weeks and gather information on the systems and their characteristics in view of aircraft testing and the assessment of the offers during the second half of the year.

Address for enquiries:

Kaj-Gunnar Sievert
Head Communication armasuisse
031 324 62 47

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