Switzerland has become the 18th country to employ Patriot air defence systems, after a $1.2 billion foreign military sale was approved for Raytheon Technologies to supply five units and usable missiles.
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Raytheon Technologies will provide five Patriot fire units and a quantity of Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) to meet the country’s air defence needs and safeguard its sovereignty.
The ground-based air defence system is designed to intercept cruise missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and aircraft before they reach their targets. The system has been used widely in the Middle East and by the US Army.
Raytheon land warfare and air defense president Tom Laliberty said the company will work with local Swiss defence industry partners to deliver the units.
“Designed specifically to counter today’s threats, Patriot is the proven, reliable ground-based air defense capability for the US Army and now 17 international countries,” he said.
“Switzerland now joins this Global Patriot user community and will benefit from unparalleled commonality, cooperation, experience, and cost sharing over the weapon system’s life cycle.”
The contract was originally announced by the US Department of Defense on 28 March this year.