|[September 18, 2013]
Saab: Swiss Parliament votes "yes" to Gripen E procurement
LINKÖPING, Sweden --(Business Wire)--
Earlier today the Council of States (Ständerat), which is one of the two
chambers in the Swiss Parliament, voted "yes" with an absolute majority
for the cancellation of the spending ceiling for Switzerland's
procurement of Gripen E.
The Ständerat had already voted in favour of the procurement of Gripen E
- Saab's next-generation multi-role fighter - and for a special
procurement fund in March this year. Today's votation which passed with
a clear absolute majority of 27 votes for and 17 against means the
procurement has secured the necessary support in both chambers. At the
end of the current parliamentary session, on 27 September, both chambers
of the Swiss Parliament; the Ständerat and the National Council
(Nationalrat), will revisit and revote on all federal decisions taken
during the session, which would include the procurement of Gripen E.
"This a strong endorsement of Gripen, which is the most modern
state-of-the art fighter and the most cost-efficient option for
Switzerland. The Gripe E is based on a proven platform, and with Sweden
committed and the fighter already in pre-production this is a
comparatively low risk acquisition. If the votes are reconfirmed at the
end of the current session of parliament we have to see if a public
referendum on the procurement of Gripen is called. If so, then a
referendum will need to be held, before any order for the fighter is
received," says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President and Head of
Saab's Aeronautics business area.
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solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has
operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops,
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