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Audit Procurement of reconnaissance drone system 15 - armasuisse

armasuisse is purchasing a Hermes 900 HFE drone system from Elbit Systems Ltd. with a loan of CHF 250 million. The scope of procurement includes six drones, including ground components, simulator and logistics. The reconnaissance drone system is used to monitor large areas, to search, detect and pursue targets, and to protect critical infrastructures and the troops themselves. The drone is controlled by a pilot from a ground control station via an encrypted radio or satellite connection.

Audit number: 18352

Audit Effective profit margins at RUAG Aviation 2013–2017

What is the effective profit margin of RUAG in the maintenance and repair of fighter jets and armed forces helicopters? Does it correspond to the agreed profit margin of 8%? Due to the repeated allegations in December 2018 in newspaper articles of inflated prices, RUAG asked the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) to investigate these questions. The audit was conducted in spring 2019 with the full support of RUAG and with complete transparency.

Audit number: 19502

Follow-up Rental model - General Secretariat DDPS

The aim of the rental model is to create cost-conscious real estate management that acts transparently and recognises and realises potential savings. In the area of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), all players (departmental level, owner representatives, tenants, users and operators) have to make their contribution. The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) examined the prerequisite for this at departmental level in 2015 and issued four recommendations. These have been formally implemented and can be considered settled based on the follow-up audit.

Audit number: 18542