Dec 24, 2001
A formal hand over of the RANGER UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) System to the Swiss Air Force has taken place during the inauguration ceremony of the new Swiss Air Force UAV Training Center situated in Emmen, Switzerland.
The RANGER UAV System is manufactured by a Swiss/Israeli consortium consisting of Swiss companies Oerlikon Contraves AG and RUAG Aerospace, and Israeli companies Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)/MALAT Division, Tadiran Electronic Systems and Tadiran Spectralink.
The Head of the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) of the Swiss MOD handed the RANGER UAV System over to the Swiss Air Force Commander. The Ceremony was attended by Swiss Government and military officials, Swiss industry representatives and Israeli industry representatives headed by Mr. Moshe Keret, IAI's President & CEO.
IAI's President & CEO, Mr. Moshe Keret said that: "Israel Aircraft Industries is honored by the fact that the Swiss Air Force has chosen the RANGER UAV System for its missions. The Swiss Air Force is now a part of an exclusive and distinguished list of world-wide customers who are aware to the benefits and capabilities of IAI's family of UAV Systems".
The ceremony was followed by a guided tour at the new Training Center, at which the RANGER UAV system and the Mission Simulator were presented.
The Swiss RANGER UAV System consists of four systems, which include Ground Control Stations, 28 UAVs, secure communication links, Electro-Optical payloads for day and night vision, Automatic Landing Systems, and Mobile Receiving Units.
The system also includes a state-of-the-art mission simulator, which allows training UAV flyers and observers in a shorter period of time and major decrease in operational expenses.
The Swiss and Israeli industries have been cooperating in the field of UAVs for the past two decades. RANGER UAV System is considered a third generation of UAV system made by this cooperation.
The Swiss Air Force also deploys RANGER UAV System for civilian use, such as national disasters. Switzerland is one of the most advanced and capable countries in Europe and the world in the field of UAV operations and the only country in Europe to allow the use of UAVs in populated areas.
The Finnish Army also acquired a RANGER UAV System, after the successful completion of a long evaluation process. The first system was delivered to Finland on October 2001.