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Swiss voters split on $6.5 bln purchase of fighter jets -TV

ZURICH, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Swiss voters were evenly split on Sunday on the government’s plan to spend up to 6 billion Swiss francs ($6.46 billion) on new fighter jets, projections for broadcaster SRF based on partial results showed.

Approving funding in the binding referendum would let the government decide next year among the Eurofighter from Airbus , the Rafale from France’s Dassault, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, or the Lockheed Martin F35-A Lightning II. The aircraft would replace Switzerland’s aging fleet of 30 F/A-18 Hornets, which will go out of service in 2030.

$1 = 0.9284 Swiss francs Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Catherine Evans

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