The Swiss Army has announced it will renounce to a substantial part of the planned public events in the next two years, including AirSpirit24 and Defense25, due to a difficult financial situation.
With a press release issued on Jan. 26, 2024, the Swiss army (Armee) announced that it had to renounce the so-called “major events” of 2024 for economic reasons.
The major events in question are AirSpirit24 and Defense25. The first is an airshow held every 10 years to celebrate the main anniversaries of the Swiss Air Force; this year it would have been held in Emmen. Defense25 is a military exercise to demonstrate the work and capabilities of the Swiss Army’s ground troops to the population and would take place in Biere.
The Swiss Army or Schweizer Armee is the armed force of the Swiss Confederation, composed mainly of a militia, deals with national security, national defense and training of military personnel and is divided into Land Forces and Air Forces which have defended neutrality of the Confederation since 1817.
The Armee employs almost 150,000 active soldiers plus, in the event of war, around 1.8 million men and women citizens (between 18 and 45 years old) fit for service and constantly updated. Since 2020, the commander is Corps Commander Thomas Süssli who reports to the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and the President of the Confederation.
With a budget of around 5 to 6 billion Swiss francs (5.78 – 6.94B USD), it carries out many operations both on federal territory and abroad, such as SwissCoy in Kosovo; among these there are also events that bring the population closer to the activities of the military.
Due to the difficult financial situation, the Swiss military is forced to renounce to a substantial part of the planned public events.
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