Thales has been contracted by Swiss federal agency Armasuisse to upgrade Master radars of the Swiss Air Force.

The €74m contract was awarded as part of the Swiss Government's Florako radars modernisation programme.

Thales military air operations and weapon systems vice-president in charge Thomas Got said: “We are proud that armasuisse has decided to renew its trust in Thales and award us with the sustainability contract for the Swiss Air Force radars until 2030.

“We are fully committed to this partnership and are keen to meet the requirements and expectations of the Swiss armed forces.”

As part of the contract, Thales will modernise all fixed long-range surveillance radars over a period of five years.

The upgrade is said to optimise the long-term performance support and ensure operational excellence for the full lifespan of the radars within the existing infrastructure.

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Work under the contract will be carried out at the company's site in Limours near Paris in cooperation with Ruag Defence, who will serve as a Thales subcontractor.

"The upgrade is said to optimise the long-term performance support and ensure operational excellence for the full lifespan of the radars."

A team of engineers will develop a new radar signal and data processing and upgrade the antenna system, while integration teams will carry out testing and qualification phases.

The upgraded radars will be delivered after successfully completing performance verification.

The Florako programme focuses on correlating civil and military data in real-time, thereby improving the quality of the global representation of airspace while reducing decision-making time.

Image: A Master radar. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.