Israeli-made UAS in the Swiss skies

It seems that Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) will keep their monopoly in the Swiss skies.

The Swiss armed forces have been operating the Ranger UAS – built by RUAG, based on the design of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Scout UAS.

The Ranger entered service in the 1980s, and now the Swiss want an advanced system.

It is only natural that the two final competitors are Israeli. The Swiss ministry of defence is expected to select a MALE (medium-altitude long-endurance) UAS before the end of the year.

The two systems left in the competition are the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 and the IAI Heron-1.

The two systems were demonstrated to Swiss officials in Israel, and some more flights are planned to take place in different regions in Switzerland.

Detailed proposals are expected to be submitted by August. This will be followed by at least six more months of evaluation. The two Israeli-made UAS are capable of carrying multiple-purpose payloads.

I’m sure that the Swiss will demand the transfer of technology as part of their final selection.

In this case it will not be a problem.

Israel can only dream that the potential clients for Israeli-made advanced weapon systems will be countries like Switzerland.

However, this is not the case, and that forces the Israeli ministry of defence to use different juggling skills to keep everybody happy.

In this case no such skills will be needed.


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