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Swiss-Swedish fighter deal could triple in cost

 

 

Mar 31, 2014 ASDNews (AFP)

 

A key Swiss defence deal with Sweden to buy 22 fighter aircraft could cost three times more than the government claims, opponents said Monday, ahead of a referendum on the plan.

 

Campaigners who are gearing up for the May 18 plebiscite warned that the price tag could swell to 10 billion Swiss francs (8.2 billion euros, $11.3 billion).

 

"As with all fighter plane deals, on top of the actual purchase price of 3.1 billion francs, you have to add operating and maintenance costs, as well as upgrades needed in the future," Green Party lawmaker Daniel Vischer, a member of the campaign coalition, said in a statement.

 

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