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The Year 2018




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The Suisse Air Surveillance

The Suisse QRA, part 1; Meiringen, January 25 & 26, 2018

In peacetime, the Swiss Air Force is currently not on stand-by 24 hours a day due to a limited budget reasons. From 2020 on, however, this will be the case, because from that moment there will be two F/A-18 Hornets stand-by 24 hours a day. The extensive air surveillance network is already for years 24 hours a day online. The Swiss airspace control and anti-aircraft operations are been carried out by THALES Raytheon FLORAKO. This system is operated from locations on the Pilatus, Scopi, Weisshorn and Weissfluh mountains.

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Restrictions During the WEF

The Suisse QRA, part 2; Meiringen, January 25 & 26, 2018

During the WEF it is common in Switzerland that one airfield will host the increased operating activities in this period. The responsible airfield for these actions will rotate annually. During this year’s event Meiringen in Luzerne will fly the CAP missions. There are 24 hours a day fighters ready to respond to an alarm. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an annual meeting of the CEOs of the largest companies in the world. The forum participants are politicians such as presidents, prime ministers and other politicians, intellectuals and journalists.

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CAP Operations During the WEF

The Suisse QRA, part 3; Meiringen, January 25 & 26, 2018

During the World Economic Forum two fighter planes from Meiringen are continuously in the air for a CAP mission. These aircraft usually consist of two F/A-18C Hornets which are all armed with live weapons like air to air missiles. Also in the darkness the F/A-18’s are used to fly these CAP missions until maximum 10 pm. The F/A-18s which fly CAP missions armed with live weapons under the wings. These weapons consist of two AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles at the intake suspension points and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips.

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