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Swiss Armed Forces

Three tasks – one goal: Security for our country. The Swiss Armed Forces defends our country and people against a military attack. It supports the civilian authorities in dealing with natural disasters and in countering serious threats to internal security. And it assists within the context of international peace support and humanitarian aid.

Media releases

22 May 2024

High-level conference on peace in Ukraine: military support and airspace restriction

At its meeting on 22 May, the Federal Council approved a temporary restriction on the use of airspace during the high-level conference on peace in Ukraine, which Switzerland will be hosting on 15 and 16 June at the Bürgenstock resort in the canton of Nidwalden. The Swiss Air Force will provide air policing and advanced air surveillance services. The Armed Forces will also set up a subsidiary support service to complement the security measures of the cantonal authorities.

17 May 2024

Trial and error approach of the «SMASH» system for ground and air targets

A technology demonstration of fire-control systems for hand-held weapons took place in Walenstadt (SG) from 15 to 17 May 2024. The trial and error approach was carried out by the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse together with the Swiss Armed Forces. The aim was to demonstrate the capability of the «SMASH» system to effectively combat ground targets and minidrones.

23 April 2024

Ignazio Cassis receives Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg in Bern

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, received Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Alexander Schallenberg in Bern today. Their discussions focused on the close bilateral relations between the two countries, Switzerland's European policy, current international affairs and the security situation. Both ministers reaffirmed their joint commitment to promoting global peace.

19 April 2024

Swiss Armed Forces to take part in world's largest cyber exercise

In April, the Swiss Armed Forces Cyber Command is taking part in 'Locked Shields 2024', the world's largest cyber defence exercise, along with national and international partners. The exercise will provide practice in warding off cyber attacks on a country's critical infrastructure, by training on the virtual infrastructure of a fictitious country. The exercise is largely conducted in a decentralised manner on a virtual training platform.

11 April 2024

Commitment to stability and security in Kosovo: Switzerland takes over KFOR’s transport company

Today marks the transition from the 49th to the 50th Swisscoy contingent in Kosovo. Under the command of Colonel Cyrus Wagner, the new contingent begins its first deployment with an increased strength of 215 troops. This increase allows Switzerland to strengthen its contribution to security and stability in the Western Balkans by taking over the leadership of the multinational transport company of the Kosovo Force (KFOR). Over 80% of Swiss forces in Kosovo are now directly assigned to KFOR for operational mission fulfilment.

6 May 2024

Armed Forces Staff

The Armed Forces Staff (AFS) supports the Chief of the Armed Forces in leading the Defence sector. It is responsible for implementation of the political directives and military-strategic instructions. It also ensures development, planning, resource allocation as well as steering of the armed forces and is accountable for Defence sector management and control. Through directives the Armed Forces Staff controls the operational level with its training, operations and support sectors.

AdA in front of transport helicopter

16 April 2024

Joint Operations Command

The Joint Operations Command is responsible for planning and leading operations of the Swiss Armed Forces.

Contact

Defence sector
Bundeshaus Ost
CH - 3003 Bern