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Armament Policy of the Federal Council

In the Principles of the Swiss Federal Council for the Armament Policy of the DDPS, dated 24 October 2018, the Federal Council formulates principles according to which it aims to provide the armed forces and other governmental institutions involved in state security with the necessary equipment and armaments as well as the required services on time, in line with economic principles and in a transparent manner. In the Armament Policy, the Federal Council outlines the main features of the collaboration between the DDPS and the private sector and describes how access to crucial knowledge is to be facilitated and how its availability is to be ensured in times of tension concerning security policy or armed conflict. It also states which principles are applied when collaborating with other countries and international organisations. The Armament Policy is implemented by means of downstream strategies.

Armaments Strategy

armasuisse has developed an armaments strategy based on the Federal Council’s principles for the DDPS’ armaments policy of October 24, 2018. The strategy focuses on securing modern, operational systems and related competences, as well as strengthening an innovative and efficient technological and industrial base.
On December 17, 2019, the Head of the DDPS approved the armaments strategy and put it into effect as of January 1, 2020.
armasuisse has been assigned the task of implementation. Over the course of 2020, the implementation regulations required for this purpose will be examined and where necessary updated.

Offset transactions

The Armament Policy also forms the basis for offset transactions related to armament procurements from foreign countries. The concrete elaboration of the offset policy is carried out by armasuisse. The aim of offset transactions is to enhance the competitiveness of Swiss industry, in particular companies in the security-relevant technology and industry base (STIB) sector. They can provide access to cutting-edge technology, enable acquisition of expertise, generate additional export volume, and strengthen the position of Swiss industry in the international markets. To foster transparency, a register of offset transactions (the Offset Register) is published.


Offset Office

The Offset Office in Bern commenced operations on 1 January 2010. The objective of the office is to optimise collaboration and coordination between armasuisse and industry in the implementation of offset obligations. The office supports and advises Swiss industry during the entire offset process.



Armament Policy of the Federal Council Sarah Schüpbach
Head External Relations
+41 58 484 05 64

Law & Offset

Patrick Anliker
Tel. +41 058 484 29 15

Per Magnus Larsson
Tel. +41 58 464 56 83

Offset Office (Bern)

Heinz König
Tel. +41 58 464 70 38