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Swiss Air Force retires fleet of Pilatus PC-9 target tugs

The Swiss Air Force has withdrawn its last Pilatus PC-9. AirForces Monthly reflects on its illustrious career and the end of its aerial target-towing operations

Airworthy de Havilland Vampire under maintenance

Airworthy de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.6 J-1197 (HB-RVN) is currently undergoing an extensive inspection.

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Stunning photos from Exercise Yorknite 2022 at RAF Leeming

The Swiss Air Force returned to the UK for its annual night-flying exercise at RAF Leeming. Colin Norwood, Hugh Sawyer and Glenn Stanley visited North Yorkshire for Aviation News

Swiss F/A-18s return to Leeming for Yorknite 2022

From November 15 to December 9, Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornets are operating from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire for Exercise Yorknite 2022

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Patrouille Suisse to visit RAF Waddington

The Swiss Air Force’s display team, the Patrouille Suisse, has announced it will be visiting RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire this weekend.

Switzerland signs procurement contract for 36 F-35As

Swiss plans to acquire a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters marked a significant step forward on September 19, when Switzerland’s federal office for defence procurement, armasuisse, announced that the procurement contract for 36 aircraft had been signed

Swiss Air Force's ADS 15 reconnaissance UAV completes first local flight

A successful first flight in Switzerland has been completed by the Swiss Air Force’s Aufklärungsdrohnensystems 15 (ADS 15, Reconnaissance Drone System 15) at Emmen Air Base

First two Swiss AF Hermes 900s delivered

Switzerland's arms procurement agency, armasuisse, announced on April 29 that the Swiss Air Force has taken delivery of the first two Elbit Hermes 900 HFE UAVs of the Aufklärungsdrohnensystems (ADS 15 – Reconnaissance Drone System) at Emmen Air Base, Switzerland.

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The Swiss Dassault Mirage III scandal

Military aircraft procurement is now a highly controversial issue in Switzerland, but this was not always the case. It all started in 1964, when the cost of acquiring the Dassault Mirage III spiralled out of control

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COVID-19 forces Swiss Cougars to depart Leeming early

The detachment of three Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force) Eurocopter AS532UL Cougars at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, have packed up much earlier than expected and head back home to Switzerland due to the latest variant of COVID-19 crisis ongoing in Europe