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Comprehensive life-cycle management for fighter jets

In order for air forces to be able to fulfill their security mission, they are reliant on a fleet of fighter jets that is always operational and on stand-by. Our life-cycle management guarantees the availability of fighter jets and guided missiles.

The operational readiness of fighter jets and the associated systems is the foundation of every successful mission. As a technology partner of the Swiss Armed Forces, we provide all the expertise needed to operate the jet systems with the necessary reliability and availability in a resource-optimized manner over their entire service life.

Your reliable partner for professional life-cycle management

Ensuring availability

Profit from high availability rates we provide towards the Swiss Air Force.

Boosting performance

Modernisation programs keep your systems on todays state of the art level and prepare the for acutual mission scenarios.

Extending service life

Upgrade your systems and sub-systems with todays solutions to extend service life and optimize costs.

Fighter Jets

In its function as the Swiss Air Force's materials center of excellence, RUAG was involved in both the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-5 Tiger from the evaluation phase onwards - from the procurement process through to the final assembly. Our comprehensive support of the two systems includes services for airframe, engine, subsystems and components as well as factory-operated flights. Our life-cycle management focuses on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), upgrades and fleet management. We also develop, produce and maintain avionics systems and ground test equipment for the Tornado and Eurofighter 2000 fighter jets (link to section). In our function as OSTR (Overall System Technology Responsible) we bear the technical responsibility for the jet systems and their airworthiness.


Capability Booklet Fighter Jet Services PDF


Capability Matrix Fighter Jets
Inspektion F/A-18


If your subsystems and components are soon due to undergo maintenance, our in-house workshops are ready and waiting. Our reliable and precise workshops are characterized by their highly specialized technical staff, optimized processes and spare parts availability. Regardless of whether you require standard maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) or specialist solutions such as engineering, production, metalworking, non-destructive testing or other services: our service offering covers subsystems such as engines, landing gear, avionics systems and software, wheels and brakes, and many more.

  • Engines
  • Guided missiles

Proper maintenance can improve the performance of your engine and extend its service life. RUAG is the official General Electric (GE) Authorized Service Center for the maintenance of the J85-GE-21 and F404-GE-21 jet engines for fighter jets, and of the Safran Makila 1A1 and Pratt & Whitney PW206 for helicopters (or rather for propeller aircraft). RUAG provides servicing (depot and intermediate level) for all engines operated by the Swiss Air Force, including the checking, inspection, modification, repair, testing and troubleshooting for the entire engine, as well as the respective accessories & components.


Core Engine All-level maintenance
Accessories All-level maintenance
Components All-level maintenance


Core Engine All-level maintenance
Accessories All-level maintenance
Components All-level maintenance


  • Vast experience - more than 2,200 engines repaired

  • Full capabilities for engine, accessories & components

  • Short turnaround time (TAT)

  • State-of-the-art test facilities for engine and accessories

  • Configuration & modification management / control

  • Development of repair procedures

  • On-site troubleshooting

  • Customized training offerings for engine technicians

As the official contract partner to the US Air Force, RUAG’s Life-Cycle Management guarantees the best possible availability of the Sidewinder AIM-9P-4/5 guided missile. Alongside upgrades and spare parts management, as the only supplier worldwide we carry out MRO work (maintenance, repair and overhaul) to depot level.



Capability Matrix Missiles