Expert Note - 31 August 2017

ELCA is collaborating with GARAIO and Nexplore in developing MIL Office 5 for the Army


armasuisse, the federal office for Defence procurement and Competence Centre of the DDPS for procurement of technologically complex systems, decided in the spring of 2017, in favour of a skilled Swiss suppliers’ group, for the development of the new generation of the MIL Office. This decision is based on a selective procedure in accordance with the GATT/WTO agreement.





ELCA is managing the project as Lead Developer and General Contractor in collaboration with partner companies GARAIO and Nexplore. The MIL Office 5 application is used by schools, educational courses and for the administration of the Swiss Army and the Civil Protection, respectively for the management and planning of resources, for their availability and schedules as well as for accounting and billing of service events. MIL Office 5 will be used by several thousand members of the Swiss Armed Forces, by members of the Civil Protection service and by the administrative staffs.

MIL Office 5 takes advantage of most recent technological developments and satisfies the demanding users’ requirements as well as the newest structural and procedural improvements of the Army. In this regard, the users will appreciate the increased efficiency thanks to the intuitive usability, to the flexibility and to the performance of the system. The launch of MIL Office 5 is planned for the beginning of 2019.

To guarantee efficient process support, high availability and short response times, scalability as well as low operating and maintenance costs for MIL Office 5, this powerful industrial group provides the following expertise:

  • Fresh and state-of-the-art approach, in addition to the long-standing experience with Command, Control and Information systems, with field trials and data migrations, as well as an efficient introduction thanks to dedicated users’ support,

  • Elegant, role-based authorisation management and customised views for every type of user,

  • Smart architecture which solves potential conflicts in data updates and data sharing after online/offline works,

  • Best match of integrated security, a modern user experience and intuitive usability for the end users,

  • ELCA’s AgileIT procedure - fully compliant with HERMES - ensures transparency and flexibility in the change management of fixed-price and fixed-schedule projects.


« We are proud, as Lead Developer and General Contractor, to realise MIL Office 5 for armasuisse and the army, together with our trusted partners. In addition to the critical General Contractor’s activities and responsibilities, we will concentrate on management and planning of resources and service operations, on a smart architectural design and on integrated security for such a high number of simultaneous users and for the online/offline use. We also design and realise the new cockpit for evaluation and presentation of the reporting process up to the Army level. Last but least, we are developing a secured access for each military personnel to its own service data, via a web browser. », explains Christophe Gerber, Head of Defence & Cybersecurity at ELCA.

« At GARAIO, we already have the relevant Business and technological know-how, and in this exciting project, we will focus on the accounting of the troops, for the administrative services and for the Civil Protection. We look forward to combining our expertise with the one of our partners, so as to drive forward this project. », adds Yves Schüpbach, Head of Solutions at GARAIO.



« Nexplore has been able to build up a very strong base of valuable experience in MIL Office over the past 12 years. With our substantial knowledge of the technology and our understanding of the users’ needs, we will focus on basic functionalities, warehouse administration, animal management and the virtual reward system in MIL Office 5. The collaboration with ELCA and GARAIO is well attuned and our skills complement each other excellently. We are very pleased about this renewed cooperation. », says Daniel Aebersold, CEO of Nexplore.

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