October 17, 2021
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Thales to upgrade Swiss radars
Thales will upgrade the Master radars used by Switzerland’s FLORAKO air-defense network, extending their service life until 2030. As part of the FLORAKO programme modernisation, Thales has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Master radars for the Swiss Air Force. This contract amounts to 74 million euros. The modernisation of all fixed long-range surveillance radars will be carried outin cooperation with RUAG defence, who will act as a Thales subcontractor. This upgrade will take around 60 months until the last radar test can be completed, including a 24-month development phase leveraging the previous radar technologies. It will optimise the long-term performance support and ensure operational excellence for the full lifespan of the radars within the existing infrastructure. Engineering teams will develop a new radar signal and data processing and upgrade the antenna system, while integration teams will carry out testing and qualification phases.