Why do the Swiss fly the F-18 Hornet//? any guesses?

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  1. Jackson

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    Uhh... good multipurpose airplane perhaps?

    More capability than Mirage?

    Better avionics/weapons interoperability than MiG/Sukhoi?

    Greater historical track record than Rafale or Gripen?

    Available now versus Typhoon?

    Cheaper than F-15?

    More capable multirole than F-16?

    Not Chinese?
     
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    I dont know ask our resident Swiss F-18 pilot who is a member here. Or I could ask my soon to be Swiss Brother In Law who is also in the Swiss armed forces (part time whe he is not playing around with the Swiss Banking and Stock markets).

    I would guess because it soots there purpose for what they need it to do.
     
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    Exactly. Why is it so surprising anyway? Just because everyone is flying F-16's doesn't mean those with a little more cash don't spend a little more to get a little (like the Swiss have done with the F-18)...
     
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    For steam catapult launch from hidden caves// obvious, but not intuitive..

    Ya pick up odd bit's here in DC

    I will get some links later.. they are easily found, but this is not well publicized.

    Here is one I found interesting recently, that reminded me of the Swiss F-18

    BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Swiss still braced for nuclear war

    Oh yeah, the wings fold too, so they can store more of them in a smaller area.. those mountain dug outs are expensive by the Sq/m
     
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    The hollowed out mountains have been there since WW2. I have been to some of them as I have a soon to be relative in the Swiss Army. They are all self sustaining bunkers. Every town has buildings with false walls that when opened contain a machine gun nest or a cannon of some sort. The moutains too have false walls that open up to reviel large cannons and machine guns. The whole country is bascially a fortress.

    They were originaly built in WW2 to defend against a possible German attack.
     
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    Add that it is more robust and they use short take off and landings than most of the alternatives. Its also multi role able to fight and bomb.

    The mystery was why did they buy Mirages in the first place.
     
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    Felt sorry for the French...:lol:
     
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    Perhaps. Who knows? Perhaps the Swiss were worried that if they built their own it would be too complex and maintenance intensive...
     
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    Built their own? With all due respect to the Swiss, the only thing they could afford to develop in a modern fighter like the F-18 is the cockpit clock...:rolleyes:
     
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    But damned if that pilot wouldn't know the time down to the 1/10000th of a second!
     
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