RUAG invests in the future – new production hall in Emmen
RUAG Real Estate is building a new, state-of-the-art production hall (Hall 8) in Emmen for RUAG’s Military Aviation Business Unit at a cost of around CHF 10 million.
The new building offers flexible space for the final assembly, maintenance, repair and overhaul and upgrade work on the Swiss Air Force’s aircraft and helicopters, as well as those of other selected international customers. Hall 8 is set to enter use in summer 2011 as part of the ongoing series upgrade programme for the Swiss Air Force’s fifteen TH89 Super Puma transport helicopters.
"Hall 8 is, in many ways, an investment in our future", says Dr Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of RUAG Holding Ltd. "It is a sign of our continued commitment to Central Switzerland, and particularly Emmen, which is very important to us and is where we are expanding the activities of the Aviation Division and its Military Aviation Business Unit. This modernization for series production for the Swiss Air Force will also benefit other international customers, our employees, suppliers and thus the entire region."
As technology partner to the Swiss Air Force and centre of excellence for final assembly, maintenance, repair and overhaul and upgrades of aircraft and helicopters, RUAG Aviation has been tasked with upgrading fifteen TH89 Super Puma transport helicopters.
The Super Pumas, which have been flying since 1987, will be fitted with features including a new cockpit, new avionics systems, a moving map display and a navigation system in the upgrade programme, which is scheduled to run until 2014.