US – Swiss F-5 Transaction and the Evolution of Swiss Offset Policy
After the conclusion of World War II Switzerland passed through a series of dependencies on other countries for military aircraft. Britain and France were the major suppliers. The Swiss first purchased the DeHavilland Vampire and later produced under license the DeHavilland Venom. The Hawker Hunter was also purchased from Britain. It was assembled in Switzerland after refurbishment and modernization in the United Kingdom (UK). In mid-1961 the Swiss Parliament made a decision to fund the acquisition of the French Dassault Mirage III aircraft under license.