The Federal Republic of Germany and Airbus have officially proposed the sale of Eurofighter aircraft to the Swiss Federal Office of Armaments armasuisse.

The offer was submitted in partnership with other Eurofighter nations and industry partners, Leonardo and BAE Systems.

It is said to meet the needs of Switzerland new combat aircraft Neues Kampfflugzeug (NKF) procurement process, which is intended to replace the existing F-5 and F/A-18 fleet.

The acquisition of the aircraft by Switzerland is expected to boost the military partnership between Germany and Switzerland, with a focus on the joint training of the respective airforces.

Switzerland will receive complete autonomy with respect to the use, maintenance and application of the data from the Eurofighter aircraft.

Eurofighter is said to be one of the most used aircraft across Europe and has over 660 orders. Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain jointly operate the Eurofighter.

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Switzerland Michael Flügger said: “With this offer, we are inviting Switzerland as our neighbour and reliable partner in security policy and economic matters to protect its airspace with the Eurofighter and to close cooperation between our air forces.

“For Germany, Switzerland is not just a customer, but a strategic ally with whom we would like to further intensify our already close cooperation.

“The Eurofighter is the only platform jointly developed and operated by several European nations and would therefore be an ideal solution for Switzerland.”

Earlier this month, the German Parliament announced its commitment for the acquisition of 38 new Eurofighter jets for the country’s airforce.