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Armee SignetThis section contains SFAO audits related to defence and Armed Forces issues.

Audit Procurement of the 12cm mortar 16 - armasuisse

Following the rejection of the fund to procure the Gripen fighter aircraft (Federal Act on the Fund to procure the Gripen Fighter Aircraft) in 2014, the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) decided to use the freed-up funds to remedy the shortfalls in military equipment for the indirect fire support of combat battalions, among other things.

Audit number: 19279

Audit Condition of protected sanitation systems and coordination between federal services - Armed Forces Staff – Federal Office for Civil Protection

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) examined the condition of protected sanitation systems. These are hospitals and underground sanitary installations integrated into care institutions. These installations are aimed at assisting the population in the event of an armed conflict or a disaster. Apart from Israel, Switzerland is the only country to have such infrastructures. The cantons must ensure space in these sites for 0.6% of the resident population. At the end of 2018, 94 hospitals and 248 protected sanitary installations were registered.

Audit number: 18472

Audit Personnel policy for career military officers - Defence group

Some 2,900 professional soldiers supervise the conscript soldiers of the Swiss Armed Forces. Two thirds of them are regularly required to change functions. The law stipulates that in principle career officers and non-commissioned officers as well as general officers hold a post for a period of four to six years. The aim of these transfers is twofold: to renew motivation and to allow career progression.

Audit number: 19454