Armasuisse is a federal agency of the Swiss Confederation. It is the procurement organization for armaments of Switzerland and is affiliated with the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport.
Armasuisse employs around 750 people. It is responsible for research, development, evaluation, procurement, maintenance and liquidation of materials and construction of the Swiss Army. The budget was 217 million Swiss francs in 2006. National Armaments Director is Martin Sonderegger.
The Armasuisse group covers many skills as a provider with a broad field of activity. This ranges from the evaluation, procurement, maintenance and liquidation of materials and systems for the Comprehensive Real Estate Management in VBS to ensuring scientific and technical services. Main clients and partners is the army.
As a forerunner of the Armasuisse it was the War Technical Department, which was subordinated to the army top until the so-called Mirage Affair of 1964 took place. In the Mid-1960s, it was named as a group for military services (GRD) a separate organizational unit, on a par with (among others) the group of general staff services. Since that time, the chief executive of the GRD is called Chief of Armament and is equivalent to the rank of a corps commander. In 1994 it has been renamed to Armor Group (GR). In 2001, the Federal Office of Topography of the group armor was assumed. Finally, in 2003 the group was divided into RUAG armor (with all maintenance and production operations of GR) and armasuisse (procurement and related technical and scientific bodies).
The Armasuisse was divided by mid-2008 in six areas of competence:
- Federal Office for Command, Telematics and Training Systems (BFTA), especially in Bern
- Federal Office for weapons systems, vehicles and equipment (FWVE), especially in Bern
- Federal Office of Topography in Wabern near Bern
- Real Estate (responsible for 260 square kilometers of land and 26,000 objects of the VBS), especially in Bern
- Science and technology (S & T) in Bern, Thun and Emmen
- Central Services, in Bern
The Federal structure was replaced by a competence structure in the fall of 2008, see below management.
CEO Martin Sonderegger, National Armaments Director
- Resources and Support
- Competence of command and reconnaissance systems
- Competence of Land systems
- Competence Aeronautical Systems
- Shopping area of competence and cooperation
- Competence Estate
- Competence of science and technology
The procurement consists of the areas of competence management and intelligence systems, land systems, aerospace systems, purchasing and cooperation. It is responsible for the active participation in the planning process of the customer, strategic procurement and sales management, the operational implementation of evaluation, acquisition, sale, disposal and the support of the use and maintenance phases. The main partner is the Defence sector, represented in particular by the Planning Staff of the Army and Armed Forces Logistics. The planning staff is responsible for the defense planning, formulated as the customer needs of the army and sets out the requirements. Armasuisse takes in the procurement procedure to implement the requirements of the purchaser from the army and administration.
Science and Technology
The competence of science and technology of the VBS offers its technical and scientific achievements in four product categories: technology services for the Army systems (e.g., testing, analysis), risk analysis and safety concepts, quality management, and technology and research management. These include the technology monitoring, the implementation of research projects as well as national and international networking with universities, research, industry and multilateral research and development projects. S & T has a unique underground shooting channel. Services in the areas of ballistics, explosives diagnostics, electromagnetic compatibility, electronics and optronics are also available to private customers.
armasuisse Real Estate
armasuisse Real Estate, the center of competence for real estate within the DDPS, is responsible for the overall management of 24,000 hectares of property as well as more than 13,000 buildings and facilities for the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS. Within the wide-ranging portfolio armasuisse Real Estate is responsible for implementing and planning existing and future customer needs, the management of objects in military use, the realisation of new developments and reconstructions, and for the sale and liquidation of infrastructure which is no longer needed.
From the group for Armor Services (GRD) the flight test branch Emmen became the aviation branch of Armasuisse. The Pilatus PC-6 and PC-12 wear an emblem with a fictional experimental aircraft before Mount Pilatus. The Armasuisse regularly conducts test flights for the Swiss Air Force. The test pilots of Armasuisse are military pilots and all aircraft of the Air Force may be used by the Armasuisse. An F/A-18C is normally assigned to the Armasuisse for tasks such as certification of a new version of the AIM-9 missile, but this airplane is also used for normal Air Force duties. In addition, the Armasuisse has 3 permanently assigned aircraft which the Air Force uses when required:
A Pilatus PC-6 Porter with a more modern cockpit than that of the PC-6T of the Air Force. This machine is used as liaison aircraft. The Pilatus PC-12 is used for transport and calibrates the FLORAKO radar system, the Multifunctional Information Distribution System(MIDS) Link 16 and aircraft radio systems. The Diamond DA42 Centaur OPA is flown both manned or unmanned as a UAV. It is used to integrate UAVs with manned military and civil aircraft operations. In addition, this airplane is also used for liaison flights.
Homebase of the Armasuisse aircraft is Emmen Air Base.
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