McDonnell Wins Swiss Contract

From Reuters

McDonnell Douglas Corp. has won a $1.9-billion contract to provide Switzerland's next generation of fighter aircraft, beating rival General Dynamics Corp., Defense Minister Arnold Koller said today.

Switzerland's armed forces will buy 34 F/A-18C Hornet fighter planes from McDonnell Douglas, said Koller. Although General Dynamics' F-16 Fighting Falcon--the other finalist put to a 5-week air test--costs 15% less than the Hornet, the F/A-18 is better suited to defend Swiss airspace, Koller said. The Hornet also offers more subcontracting work for the Swiss defense industry, he said.

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