Boeing has announced its decision to drop out of the competition to replace part of the Swiss air force's fleet of Northrop F-5 Tiger fighters.
The manufacturer had prepared to bid with the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet, but withdrew after reviewing the contents of an initial request for proposal.
“After a thorough review of Switzerland’s requirements for partial replacement of its Tiger fighter aircraft, Boeing has decided not to enter the competition due to the disparity between the requirements for an F-5 replacement aircraft and the next-generation capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet,” the company says in a statement.
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Boeing’s action trims
Although abstaining from this competition, Boeing notes that it remains committed to supporting and modernising the Swiss air force’s current fleet of 33 F-18C/D fighters, and for other Hornet operators including Finland.