Friday, December 9, 2022

Amherd wants to save Patrouille Suisse!

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Interview: Christian Dorer

The many fans of the Patrouille Suisse can hope again. If Viola Amherd (59) has his way, the Luftwaffe’s famous aerobatic squadron should continue to inspire in the future – although the F-5 planes have to be retired because of their age. “We are examining alternatives,” reveals the Federal President, who herself has “great joy” in the tricks of the Patrouille Suisse.

Blick: Ms. Amherd, the Federal Council decided on Wednesday to buy the F-35 fighter jets, although there is an initiative against the procurement. Why?
Viola Amherd: The population gave the Federal Council the power to procure the aircraft in a referendum. At that time it was known that there were four types to choose from – including the F-35A. So the people knew what they were voting on. Now we have an offer that is valid until the end of March 2023. If we don’t sign the purchase contract within this period, there will be renegotiations.

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