• Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

Israeli Elbit selected for supply of tactical equipment to the Swiss Army


The article is translated by Henrik Engel.

The Israeli manufacturer of defense equipment Elbit has been selected to supply tactical radio equipment to the Swiss army, writes Times of Israel.

The agreement has been approved by the Swiss parliament and amounts to approx. 2 billion kroner.

Elbit had previously undergone a lengthy test conducted by the Swiss Army, after which Elbit was selected by the Swiss Ministry of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport.

Elbit’s communication platform is based on their E -LynX tactical software radio solutions.

-We are proud to have been selected to supply key equipment to the Swiss Army. Switzerland is a strategically important market for us and we will continue our work to support the Swiss armed forces and expand our cooperation with the Swiss industry, said Elbit’s chairman and CEO, Bezhalel Machlis in a statement.

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The Swiss Army plans to purchase the equipment within the next year. Elbit’s equipment will replace their current mobile radio equipment and vehicle-borne intercom systems, which will be taken out of service in the period 2018 – 2022.

Switzerland already began the tender process for new communication equipment in 2015, in which 15 different manufacturers participated in the tender round.

Elbit won the tender from the Swiss communications company Roschi Rohde Schwarz AG, and Ittigen, which is part of the German manufacturer Rohde Schwarz.

Elbit has previously collaborated with the Swiss army on an agreement, which solved several of the army’s challenges.

In 2015, Elbit sold surveillance drones to Switzerland for approx. 1.7 billion kroner.

The agreement caused a stir in Switzerland because the opponents did not think it should invest in the Israeli military industry, which according to them violates the human rights of the Palestinians.

The Swiss Minister of Defense said that Switzerland bought the drones from a private company and that the drones were to be used exclusively for border surveillance.

Back in 2017, senior personnel from the Swiss army watched drone tests in the Golan.

The Swiss Minister of Defense subsequently said that the personnel were not aware that the air base they had visited was located in an “occupied area”, so their visit was “against” the country’s policy. Therefore, the Minister of Defense and officials would not be allowed to visit the area in the future.

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