The United States State Department has approved a trio of proposed arms sales to Switzerland totaling more than $16 billion.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Wednesday September 30, 2020.
“The sales include a $6.58 billion purchase of 40 advanced F-35 stealth joint strike fighter aircraft and related equipment, 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets valued at $7.452 billion and $2.2 billion in five Patriot Missile system purchases,” the statement reads.
According to the agency, the F-35s will replace Switzerland’s retiring fleet of F/A-18s.
It adds that “The F/A-18E/Fs will also be considered by Bern as part of its aircraft modernization push.”
The Patriot Missiles, meanwhile, would bolster Switzerland’s missile defenses.
The DSCA notified Congress of the three possible sales, and they will now enter a congressional review period.