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Lockheed Martin homes in on Europe for F-35 growth
New orders could arrive from Finland, Switzerland, Greece and the Czech Republic but these depend on competitions and discussions favouring the fifth-generation stealth jet.
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defe ... 35-growth/
In May, an internal report from Switzerland’s Military Intelligence Service reportedly found that F-35B and F-35C variants suffer from serious afterburner problems causing excessive heat to rise from the rear of the airframe and also cause blisters on the radar absorbent coating of the jet. The report also raised the possibility of the F-35A facing similar issues, according to Swiss French-language newspaper La Liberté
The F-35A is one of four aircraft in the running for Switzerland’s CHF6 billion ($6.5 billion) Air2030 acquisition, which is intended to source a replacement for Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II and Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleets should a national referendum, due to be held on 27 September, decide to proceed with the programme.
Competition stipulations also require the winning Air2030 manufacturer to provide Swiss industry with 60% of supplier contracts.
Switzerland has extended a RfP deadline for industry until November 2020 to allow manufacturers additional time to prefer offers and overcome COVID-19 issues.
Bern has already evaluated the F-35A, Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Rafale following flight trials held between April and June 2019.