The value of the contract is EUR 177.7 million, armasuisse said in a statement. This agreement is the implementation of an option included in the contract for 32 Mörser 16 self-propelled mortars signed by Switzerland in 2016.
According to armasuisse, the first tranche of 32 mortars will be delivered to Swiss Armed Forces in 2024-2026. Deliveries of the second tranche will start in 2026.
The RUAG AG, as a subcontractor, will deliver the COBRA mortar systems that will be integrated with the Piranha IV vehicles.
According to RUAG AG, the highly advanced 120 mm COBRA mortar system delivers a convincing performance with maximum firepower and intuitive operation. It is suitable for integration into highly mobile platforms and offers the best balance between firepower and flexibility. The ability to operate these weapon systems quickly and easily when exposed to any conditions can make the difference in combat situations.
“High directional accuracy thanks to an electrically controlled drive guarantees the highest possible precision when firing. The semi-automatic loading system enables a high firing cadence – even in extreme weather conditions. This relieves and protects the crew during continuous firing. The mortar system is ready to fire in 30 seconds,” RUAG AG highlights on its website.