in addition to the air force should be the ground troops modernized and weapons get, the future requirements. The corresponding decision about the longer term direction of the ground, the Federal Council has made troops yesterday. Interesting: The military leaders do not want to replace systems such as the Leopard tank, which will reach the end of the service, it will be 2035, or the artillery gun howitzer M109 from the 1960s, just a one-to-one. Old is to be retained, for as long as possible, in the service. New equipment should be oriented in the normal course of defence procurement on mobile and modular use of associations. But what does that mean?
We have troops, the commander of the army, the Supreme chief of the ground, Major General René asked wellinger to do so.
What can be the ground troops in the future?
René Wellinger: As part of the army, the ground forces must make their contribution to the fulfilment of the constitutional order. For one, you need to be able to help, for example in the management of natural and technological disasters. On the other, you need to protect but also the population. In the extraordinary situation, the army needs to be able to fight and to defend Switzerland against a conventional threat.
The environment has changed. In particular, the settlement area that spreads especially in the Swiss Mittelland. As a result, the probability of operations, increases in built-up areas. How does the army such missions?
The impact of systems must be more accurate. This can only be achieved if objectives can more precisely be identified and monitored, if the monitoring instruments are connected with the Wirksystemen better, and weapons systems work, finally, more precise. We must not forget that The army will be used in their own country, in order to protect the population. We are dependent on a functioning infrastructure. Therefore, damages are collateral to avoid under all circumstances.
" The ground troops have the most modern systems. We see it in the training."Major General René Wellinger
What does this mean for procurement?
In this report, "the future of the ground" defined the troops we have operational skills must have troops on the ground, in order to fulfill your order. New acquisitions, we rely on this ability to catalogue. The ground troops currently have the most advanced systems. We see it in the training. But these systems meet today for the army and the security of Switzerland for their necessary purpose. Therefore, it is now a matter of new projects – be it in the area of monitoring, networking, or action – Elevator-quiet, medium and long term, no ability to enter the gaps.
What does this mean for the policy?
The decision-making process remains unchanged. The army and the VBS submit to the Federal Council and the Parliament armor messages. The Parliament decides. With the above-mentioned report, we now have a basis to replace systems, one-to-one but skill-based to obtain.
So the policy is defined, finally, furthermore, the performance profile of the army?
this report is the beginning of a new army reform?
no. It is a gradual and purposeful development of the ground troops, but always against the Backdrop of the given framework conditions of neutrality, changing security, political situation, financial framework, primacy of politics, to name just a few.
Created: 16.05.2019, 15:53 PM