Switzerland looking for new air defence system
- September 27, 2018
Switzerland has issued the request for tender for a new long-range surface-to-air defense system through its defense procurement agency for the country’s Air 2030 program.
A tender has been issued on September 21, 2018, to the Company Rafael for the David’s Sling, to France for the Eurosam and to United States for the Patriot. All the Companies will have to send their offers by the end of March 2019.
A request for bids was sent to three Companies including Eurosam from France, Rafael from Israel and Raytheon from United States.
Since the BL-64 Bloodhound was retired in 1999, there has been a gap in long-range surface-to-air defense. A long-range ground-to-air defense system can effectively cover large areas. Some positions are sufficient to cover most of the most densely populated areas of Switzerland.
The use of both a long-range air defense system and combat aircraft in the same sector is effective and facilitates the task of combat aircraft. Long-range ground-to-air defense offers permanent protection. Depending on the situation, fighter jets can be available and ready on the ground, and only be engaged when necessary.