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Research brochure 2022

In this brochure, we explore how security forces can be protected more effectively and efficiently through artificial intelligence and robotics. You'll also learn how we can work with our partners to make better use of space and inform our forces about which satellites are flying over our country.

The hypersonic glide vehicle: A revolutionary weapons system?

A hypersonic model

In December 2019, Russia announced the launch of a new weapons system, the hypersonic glide vehicle Awangard. This glider is apparently so fast and agile that the normal missile defence systems have no chance against it. The news caused an uproar in many military circles. But what is behind all of this? How does a hypersonic glide vehicle actually fly? And are these missiles part of a revolutionary weapons system, as often claimed? An overview.

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New methods of solving the challenges of today and tomorrow

Profile of a member of the Armed Forces wearing VR glasses.

Everyone has been talking about innovation now for many years, just as they have been in the defence departments of this world. However, the many faces of innovation have a connecting element in the context of defence technologies. Unlike in the past, civilian technologies and applications are now leading to leaps in development. In many cases, these are only put to a second, military use subsequently. In order to meet the challenges this poses, new alternative methods and approaches to finding solutions are needed.

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Toxin analysis for emergencies

Rizin seeds lie in a container

Toxins are natural poisons which are produced by living organisms and can trigger severe poisoning. As some toxins can be fatal for humans even in the smallest quantities, their bioterrorist uses pose a real threat. The Spiez Laboratory has been verifying and characterising toxins for around 20 years. In order to be able to analyse a very large number of samples in a very short period of time in the event of an emergency, the Laboratory is continuously improving its methods – thanks, among other things, to a research project from armasuisse Science and Technology.

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Listening to everything, everywhere: Software-defined radio

A soldier lies in the bushes and holds a radio unit to his ear

We use radio units every day in a variety of different forms. They enable us to communicate without cumbersome cables, on a mobile basis and independent of location. But what else will the radio units of the future be able to do for us? Because digitalisation has long since found its way into the world of radio signals. This opens up completely new opportunities in the electromagnetic field.

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