Air2030 - New Airspace and Air Operations Monitoring System Elected
(Source: Swiss Dept. of Defence, Civil Production and Sport; issued Sept. 19, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
BERN --- The evaluation of the three candidates for the new airspace and air operations monitoring system for the Swiss Army concluded with the selection of the winning candidate. The management of the Air2030 program has followed the recommendation of the team of experts in favor of the French candidate, Thales with its Skyview system. The acquisition will be the subject of a request to Parliament in the 2020 weapons program.

The "C2Air" project involves the replacement of the Ralus / Lunas subsystems of the Swiss Air Force's current airspace surveillance and flight operations system. Over the last twelve months, specialists from armasuisse and the Swiss Army have tested three replacement systems from three different countries in Switzerland, evaluated the offers received and made a recommendation to the Air2030 program management in an evaluation report.

The Director General of Armaments has now followed this recommendation and awarded the contract to the French candidate Thales with the Skyview system.

Thales was chosen because of its best value for money. In addition, Skyview is the system that proves to best meet the requirements.

It is expected that the Federal Council will submit the acquisition of this system to Parliament in the message on the 2020 Army. The other candidates were Saab (Sweden) and Raytheon (United States). The manufacturer and the system selected do not cause any harm to the other PAC and Bodluv projects of the Air2030 program.

Florako Airspace Surveillance and Flight Operations System

Ralus (Radar-Luftlage-System) collects the radar data and establishes the image of the air situation. Lunas (Luftlage-Nachrichtensystem) reproduces all the data on the screen to support the conduct of the engagement.

These two subsystems are part of the Florako Airspace Surveillance and Flight Operations System. The latter is intended to identify civil and military aerial objects (eg airplanes, helicopters and drones) and to conduct Air Force engagements, including ground-to-air defense. Since 2005, Swiss airspace has been monitored 24 hours a day by Florako.

Link with the Air2030 program

The C2Air project (Air Command and Control) is part of the Air2030 program, as are the next combat aircraft (PAC), long-range surface-defense (Bodluv) and Radar projects. The C2Air and Radar projects are older in time and will be the subject of a request to Parliament in separate weapons programs.

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