Home Losses and Aviation Safety Axalp Live Fire Exercise Canceled after Swiss Air Force found Cracks in the wings of F/A-18 Fighters

Axalp Live Fire Exercise Canceled after Swiss Air Force found Cracks in the wings of F/A-18 Fighters

by Dario Leone
The Aviation Geek Club will fly aboard Swiss Air Force helicopter to attend Axalp 2017

The flight activity of the Swiss Hornet fleet is restricted in order to ensure flight safety. However, the F/A-18s will continue to ensure the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) service.

The Swiss Air Force discovered new cracks during inspection work on the flaps of F/A-18C/D fighters on Oct. 9, 2019. As a result, the flight activity of the Swiss Hornet fleet is restricted in order to ensure flight safety.

For this reason, according to the service news release, the annual Axalp Air Power Demonstration scheduled for Oct. 10, 2019 has been canceled.

Noteworthy the two-day exercise, which was due to take place also on Oct. 9, had been canceled on Wednesday too because of the bad weather at the Ebenfluh firing range.

The Swiss Air Force chief of staff ordered additional inspections on the service F/A-18 aircraft.  In the meantime, the Swiss Hornets will have to fly at an altitude of at least 1000 meters (3280 feet) while over land.

However, the F/A-18s will continue to ensure the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) service to defend Switzerland’s airspace.

The F/A-18 fighter jets will reach the end of their lifespans of 5,000 flight hours in 2025. In its new fighter jet strategy, the country is extending their flight hours to 6,000 by evaluating and reinforcing structural weaknesses as well as replacing certain parts of the jets.

In June the Swiss Air Force ended the evaluation for the five types of combat aircraft shortlisted (Eurofighter Typhoon, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, the Dassault Rafale, the Lockheed Martin F-35A and the Saab Gripen E) under the Air2030 program to replace its ageing fleet of F-5 fighter jets, and older model F/A-18C/D fighters.

As we have previously reported Saab has withdrawn from Air2030 program just days before the company’s Gripen E was due to arrive in the country for flight evaluations.

In a terse communique issued Jun. 13, Saab said it had been “formally recommended” by the Swiss national armaments agency, Armasuisse, not to participate in the flight trials. 

Switzerland had initially chosen the Saab Gripen E fighter but had to cancel that order after a 2014 referendum rejected the choice.

Hence the remaining lineup of contenders are the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Airbus Eurofighter Typhoon, the Dassault Rafale and the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.

Axalp Live Fire Exercise Canceled after Swiss Air Force found Cracks in the wings of F/A-18 Fighters
Don’t miss the perfect Aviation Geek bundle! CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.

Photo credit: Swiss Air Force

You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Aviation Geek Club
Welcome to The Aviation Geek Club, your new stopover aviation place. Launched in 2016 by Dario Leone, an Italian lifelong - aviation geek, this blog is the right place where you can share your passion and meet other aviation enthusiasts from all over the world.

Privacy Preference Center

    Necessary

    Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

    CookieConsent
    wp_api, wp_api_sec

    Advertising

    Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.

    BCSI-CS-1664eaf6f2d06ef1
    BCSI-CS-1664eaf6f2d06ef1
    CM, CM14, TPC, __qca,_tlc, _tlp, _tlv, _y1sp_id.7f06, adtrc, uid

    Analytics

    For tracking number of users visit

    collect

    preferences

    tracking language version from user choice

    lang

    error: Content is protected!