LONDON — Switzerland has rejected its government’s planned purchase of the Saab JAS 39E Gripen fighter aircraft. Some 53.4% voted no in the referendum held in on May 18, which will force the Swiss government to abandon the 3.1 billion-franc ($3.5 billion) program for 22 aircraft and re-examine its options to replace the aging Northrop F-5 Tiger. Nearly 2.9 million Swiss voters took part in the referendum, with a turnout of 55.3%. Polling before the referendum suggested the ...


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