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Audit Compliance for transactions with the Leopard 1 tank - RUAG MRO Holding AG

In 2016, RUAG acquired 100 used Leopard 1 tanks from the Italian army for EUR 4.5 million, including a large number of spare parts. This was despite the original plan to only make the purchase once a buyer had made a commitment. With the exception of four tanks, all attempts to sell them on initially failed.

Audit number: 23166

Audit Supervision audit - Independent Oversight Authority for Intelligence Activities

Established in 2017, the Independent Oversight Authority for Intelligence Activities (OA-IA) is a decentralised unit of the Federal Administration whose task is to review intelligence activities with regard to their legality, appropriateness and effectiveness. OA-IA employee numbers fluctuated significantly in 2021 and 2022. A new director took up her post in July 2022, and the team of nine is now almost complete (as at August 2023). The OA-IA budget for 2023 is CHF 2.3 million, with personnel costs accounting for more than 80% of operating expenses.

Audit number: 23117

Audit Armed Forces telecommunications key ICT project - Defence Group

The Armed Forces telecommunications key ICT project (TC A) aims to provide the Armed Forces' system network with (partially) mobile data transport and voice communications. In six procurement steps, troops are to be re-equipped and the new system replaced by 2035. The procurement volume is around CHF 1.6 billion, of which CHF 786 million in credits has been approved.

Audit number: 22121