Switzerland will be able to scramble Hornets at anytime of the day by 2020

The Swiss Air Force currently has two F/A-18s on standby to scramble from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. for most of the weeks of the year. This is set to change and by 2020, the country will be able to activate the Hornets within 15-minutes around the clock each day.

Swiss F A-18 Hornet (6240073189)
By Peter Gronemann from Switzerland (Swiss F/A-18 HornetUploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Project Air Police Service 24 (LP24) will add more standby hours incrementally starting from January 2016. Fighter pilots will be on alert duty from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m for 50 weeks in 2016; 52 weeks in 2017 and 2018; by 2019, the hours are stretched from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it will be fully 24-hours from 2020.


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