Military Capabilities

Swiss Special Forces update training and operating gear for dismounts

17 March 2020

Switzerland's Special Forces Command (KSK) is planning to inject a series of upgrades for dismounted troops in active duty and reserve units.

Addressing delegates at SMi's Future Soldier Technology conference in London in March, Major Marco Damaso, System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Armed Forces Planning, described efforts to "enhance the dismounted soldier capabilities" within the KSK.

Upgrades, he said, formed part of a wider drive across the Swiss Armed Forces to "uphold competences for future soldier technologies" and could include command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C3ISR) equipment through to training aids and mobility solutions.

Units set to benefit from upgrades include the KSK's active-duty Army Reconnaissance Detachment 10 (DRA-10) and Military Police Special Detachment Unit; as well as reserve components that include 20, 30, and 40 SOF Grenadier Battalions, and Parachute Reconnaissance (Parascout) Company 17.

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