- Feb 6, 2020
Except for the common set of weapons they use and as @Immanuel rightly said that there is already a great relationship and logistics network for decades with Boeing and political backing by US but nothing else is common even though the actual commonality rating is under 30% as we know SH is entirely new plane based on f18, everything other thing would've to be worked ground up.cheaper or not but the last known deal for SH was 1.5 b$ for 28 aircrafts for Kuwait.according to the last leaked swiss evaluation report Rafale won the top spot yet they went with the Gripen 3.2 b$ deal which was later cancelled which it lost by 51% in referendum, Boeing didn't even bid in this tender with there SH blk2.Note: I don't want to sound biased or have anything against Gripen.its an exceptional plane, Gripen E/F more so.SH is good plane too but it was built ground up with keeping Navy in mind unlike Rafale which has different versions for airforce & Navy even though the difference may be minute.numerous times Rafale performed best in tenders but was never selected except in the case of india.politics play's very big part,these tenders are influenced by big companies & countries of these manufacturers, it's never fair and square.SH was seen as slow moving and less agile than legacy F18.
The agility and climb rate will be big issues in the Swiss contest, because there's a lot of montains, and few time to react.
But you're right, logistically speaking SH is the natural choice after F18. Cheaper? marginally. Specially if disponibility is in the balance.
The choice will be between SH and Rafale I think. EF is out since 2011, F35 is useless in the Swiss context. Not to speak of the agility, climb rate and speed limitations of F35. A communication node (F35) is of no interest in such a country.