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What air defense does Switzerland need?

Secretary of defense Viola Amherd wants to make an own image about the need of new fighter jets and a ground luftwabwehr system supported. An important part of forms for you in a threat analysis, which is now presented to the Public. The description of possible threats and dangers, which Switzerland will be exposed in the next few years, was authored by a Team led by the Head of security policy, Pälvi Pulli,. A major role of the Military intelligence service (MND) and the Federal intelligence service (NDB) played.

of New knowledge, which would allow a stop of the Jetbeschaffung or a massive increase previously envisaged means that does not contain the report. Rather, he Essentially confirms earlier threat analyses from the years of 2016 (security policy report) and 2017 (expert report on the air defense). However, the latest threat analysis contains some remarkable points.

Significantly more critical than in previous Threat that the role of the United States to be illuminated, and especially the role of Russia. The background for the Swiss analysts, "the growing tensions in the International power structure": The emerging China, and the strengthening of Russia are a challenge to the dominant status of the USA. The rivalry among these three powers will "sufficient Size of the global policy," says the analysis.

The Nato show in front of this Background, "pronounced fracture lines". Even within the defense Alliance crisis, "strength and deterrence capability" out of the question. Initiatives for the establishment of a European army by the French President, Macron, by contrast, remained vague.

Russia is today strengthened in comparison to the 1990s, politically, economically robust and militarily capable of action. The country was working on reconstruction of former zones of Influence in Eastern Europe. The result of the transmitter of Russian pressure, including the military, was awake. Europe had to deal trouble, with this printer.

The report will be further described, rather gloomy Outlook for Europe and Russia, based on the past conflicts with Russian participation and on the termination of the INF Treaty. This Treaty of 1987, under the United States and Russia, said the possession and production of cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers. The ability for the Swiss army to be able to cruise missiles, a new ground-to-air defense system combat power in the face of this development make sense.

the power of politically-related threats. "The trend of increasingly offensive, unlitaeralen Track of own interests" is, according to the analysis, not only in Russia but also in China and the United States.

Further, the analysis highlights how the West's military efforts. Only very few States complied, however, the Nato allies agreed on an investment of two percent of gross domestic product in the country's defence. An incursion of Russia in Eastern European countries is not in accordance with the report especially likely; the risk that inter-state conflicts by military means will be held, but also increased in Europe.

And finally, the report concrete on the Swiss air space. The authors of an unchanged threat of Terror: Hijacked Airliners can be hijacked and how small airplanes loaded with explosives, as the bombs will be used. Greater than a few years ago, consider the VBS-experts the risk posed by small drones, which could be loaded with poison or explosives.

The analysis confirmed the conclusion that there also needs to be in the future a sufficiently large number of combat aircraft and ground-based repellent to be able to own the airspace effectively and to defend and protect. Negative developments in the international security situation in the last two years, and the temporal conditions for the procurement of the projects increase, in the opinion of the VBS even the need for political action. (

Created: 02.05.2019, 08:39 PM

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