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Offset

Based on the Principles of the Swiss Federal Council for the Armament Policy of the DDPS and the Armaments Strategy, armasuisse regulates the implementation and control of offset transactions for the procurement of foreign defence materiel in the Offset Policy. In order to support the preservation and development of key security-relevant technologies and core industrial capabilities and capacities in Switzerland, despite procurements abroad, armasuisse obliges foreign armament suppliers to an industrial cooperation with the Security-relevant Technology and Industry Base (STIB) from a procurement volume of 20 million Swiss Francs. This aims to reduce foreign dependency on defence in the area of key security-relevant technologies and fortify the security of supply of the Swiss Armed Forces.

armasuisse publishes the most important key figures on ongoing offset obligations in the offset register on a half-yearly basis.

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Offset transactions

The foreign supplier always chooses the Swiss beneficiaries themselves, based on their competitiveness and skills. Interested companies and research institutions can contact the foreign suppliers directly. The Offset Office Bern can arrange business contacts on request. Membership in an industry association is not required for offset transactions.

The foreign supplier shall report to armasuisse on a half-yearly basis regarding its latest conducted offset transactions. For this purpose, it uses the Offset Declaration Form (ODF) stipulated by armasuisse for each offset transaction, the contents of which it has confirmed by the Swiss beneficiary’s signature. armasuisse checks proper implementation and confirms the recognised offset value. For highly security-relevant offset transactions, armasuisse can multiply the transaction value by a factor of 1 to 3.

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Cooperation with the STIB

In order to ensure targeted implementation as far as possible, armasuisse maintains close collaboration with the STIB. The cooperation is regulated in an agreement between armasuisse and the association ASIPRO (Association for Swiss Industry Participation in Security and Defence Procurement Programs). ASIPRO represents the STIB in offset matters and operates the Offset Office Bern. The Offset Office Bern is the point of contact for the STIB for any offset queries and supports armasuisse in the control and accounting of offset transactions. In cooperation with the Offset Office Bern, armasuisse ensures open communication with the relevant stakeholders.


Simon Hufschmid Offset Manager armasuisse
Tel.
+41 58 484 05 27

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Heinz König Head of Offset Office Bern
Tel.
+41 58 464 70 38

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