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Swiss air force F/A-18 Hornet (🇬🇧 below)
In the spring of 1992, when both chambers of parliament approved the procurement of 34 F / A-18 fighters, the GSoA claimed that it was able to collect nearly 500,000 signatures within 32 days for an initiative against this project. On 9 July 1992, the Federal Chancellery stated that the initiative had come about with 181,707 valid signatures. In concrete terms, the initiative wanted to prevent the purchase of fighter jets until the year 2000. Army circles also fought this second GSoA initiative. It has been termed the rate of abortion in installments in installments. The second GSoA initiative was rejected on 6 June 1993, but 42.8% of voters were in favor of abandoning the aircraft. The ballot book also suggested a replacement of barely existing 130 hunters by "only" 34 F / A-18s. In fact, however, the 34 Mirage S, which had been the backbone of air defense throughout the Cold War, were also replaced. The F / A-18s were explicitly procured for and not for the abandoned role of Hunter.
In the late 1980s the changing political and military world situations implied the need of amultirole aircraft in the Swiss Air Force. After evaluation, the performance of the F/A-18 Hornet was the decisive factor in its selection. Designed for carrier-borne operations, it was felt to be well suited to operations on short runways with steep take-offs. Its radar allows the F/A-18 to detect and simultaneously engage multiple targets with long-range guided missiles.
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the display pilot pulls its Eurofighter strongly into the glarner sky.
Airplane: Eurofighter Typhoon
Owner: German Air Force
Yesterday evening, the Swiss Air Force SAR Crew (Search and Rescue), together with Lucerne Police, could successfully locate and rescue a missing person. The woman was last spotted next to a forest. Shortly after 20:00, the Super Puma equipped with several cameras and sensors such as FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) was taking of from Dübendorf Air Force Base. The pilots were flying with their NVGs (Night Vision Goggles). At Emmen Air Force Base, they had a briefing and picked up a representative of Lucerne Police. After more than two hours of searching, around 22:30, the copilot spotted some small light reflections deep in the forest with his NVGs. The FLIR operator could confirm the existence of a living person. He then directed, from the air, several police ground units to the exact location. It turned out, that the person was indeed the missing woman, already in critical condition. The police then alarmed emergency services which brought the woman to the hospital. Once again, the cooperation between the Swiss Armed Forces and local emergency organisations proofed to be very effective and has saved a life.
Congratulation to all the crews, well done!👍🏻
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(All photos approved for public release by Swiss Air Force)
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