Switzerland's reputation for reliable precision engineering applies equally to its aerospace sector. Tucked away in the country's Alpine valleys are several small but globally-focused specialist manufacturers. State champion Ruag has evolved in 10 years from a largely support role for Switzerland's military to become a multi-sector player with an international footprint . While the recent decision to postpone a purchase of next-generation fighters was a blow for an industry that would have secured a stake in the winning programme, Swiss suppliers are confident they can prosper on the back of a resurgent commercial aviation market. The country's sole airframer, Pilatus, also has high hopes for its PC-21 basic military trainer, which it sells alongside the PC-12 business turboprop. Business aviation along with maintenance, repair and overhaul remain Swiss unique selling points, with Basel a world centre for high-end business jet completions.
Defence Why it did not add up
Jet Aviation Quality control
Machinery Right tools for the job
Engineering Gearing up for success
Test equipment Accuracy matters
Solar Impulse Chasing the sun