Rheinmetall to upgrade Swiss air force’s ageing defence systems

19 May 2016 (Last Updated May 19th, 2016 18:30)

Rheinmetall Air Defence has secured a contract from the Swiss armed forces to extend the service life of Swiss air force's ageing defence systems until at least 2025.

Rheinmetall Air Defence has secured a contract from the Swiss armed forces to extend the service life of Swiss air force's ageing defence systems until at least 2025.

Under the contract, Rheinmetall will upgrade the fire control units and guns of the 35mm medium-calibre Oerlikon Skyguard air defence system by 2019.

Oerlikon Skyguard is being upgraded in order to avoid a capabilities gap prior to introduction of a successor system for short-range air defence of ground assets, the company said.

"The Swiss air force's upgraded equipment is used for defending assets and infrastructure from aerial attack."

The contract also covers the upgrade of the Swiss air force's ground-based short-range air defence systems such as the lightweight Stinger guided missile and the mobile Rapier surface-to-air missile.

It will also see the company modernising the associated command and control systems in the operations centre, as well as additional spare parts.

The Swiss air force's upgraded equipment is used for defending assets and infrastructure from aerial attack.

RUAG Aviation has been assigned several tasks by Rheinmetall, in response to a request from customer.

In February this year, Rheinmetall won a €390m contract to modernise air defence system of an undisclosed international customer.

The contract requires the company to upgrade Skyguard air defence systems with new target tracking radar, a latest-generation friend-foe identification system as well as electronic warfare components.