A Swiss-built McDonnell Douglas F-18 was flown in October for the first time, from Swiss Aircraft and Systems' factory near Lucerne, where final assembly of the aircraft is being carried out. The Swiss air force is scheduled to take delivery of 34 F-18s between early 1997 and 1999. Two US-built aircraft were delivered early this year. A further purchase of F-18s is possible.

Source: Flight International