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Published on 9 November 2018

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24 May 2024

Cyber Defence Campus launches Cyber Startup Challenge 2024

The DDPS Cyber Defence Campus is once again organising a Cyber Startup Challenge this year. Under the motto «Security of Artificial Intelligence», innovative solutions in the field of security of machine learning models (ML) and security checks in the field of artificial intelligence are being sought. The winner will receive a contract for a proof of concept and will be able to demonstrate their solution in a real DDPS environment. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2024.

17 May 2024

Trial and error approach of the «SMASH» system for ground and air targets

A technology demonstration of fire-control systems for hand-held weapons took place in Walenstadt (SG) from 15 to 17 May 2024. The trial and error approach was carried out by the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse together with the Swiss Armed Forces. The aim was to demonstrate the capability of the «SMASH» system to effectively combat ground targets and minidrones.

10 April 2024

Federal Council decides to join the European Sky Shield Initiative

By participating in the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), Switzerland is increasing its international cooperation opportunities. At its meeting on 10 April, the Federal Council approved the declaration of accession to the ESSI Cooperative Procurement Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The focus of the cooperation is on better coordination of procurement projects, training and logistical aspects in the area of ground-based air defence.

5 April 2024

Current figures on offset transactions as of end of March 2024

The Offset Register currently comprises seventeen offset obligations in the amount of CHF 5.34 billion, which must be awarded by foreign suppliers to Swiss companies. Of this, offset transactions in the amount of around CHF 1.97 billion have been carried out as at the end of March 2024.

25 January 2024

Current figures on offset transactions

The Offset Register currently comprises eighteen offset obligations in the amount of CHF 5.14 billion, which must be awarded by foreign suppliers to Swiss companies. Of this, orders in the amount of around CHF 1.94 billion have been issued to Swiss industry as at the end of 2023. The figures in the Offset Register will be updated and published on a quarterly basis from 2024

20 December 2023

Project duration for the reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15) to be extended

In view of the technical problems in early 2023 and in particular the volatile situation in the Middle East, the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse has agreed with the supplier of the ADS 15 (Elbit Systems Ltd) on an extension of the project by two years up to the end of 2026. As compensation, Elbit has to deliver an additional support package to Switzerland and extend the warranty period for the Swiss drones by two years. Moreover, Elbit has provided binding performance guarantees which are secured by extensive financial penalties in the event of non-fulfilment.

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