Air2030: Project "New Fighter Aircraft" reaches the final of an international project management competition

Bern, 10.08.2021 - armasuisse has qualified for the final of the IPMA World Congress with the project "New Fighter Aircraft" (NFA) in the category large projects. On September 22, 2021, the winner of the competition will be announced amongst three finalists. The globally recognized project management association IPMA (International Project Management Association) has been organizing the international competition annually since 2002 for projects and programs, in which teams are honored that can demonstrate special achievements in project and program management.

armasuisse handles the procurement of military equipment on the basis of projects and endeavours to apply continuous learning and development processes. This includes measuring itself against the market and being able to improve itself using benchmarking, such as by means of an independent assessment by experienced assessors as part of the IPMA competition. By honouring projects, the IPMA recognises and acknowledges excellence in project management. The NFA project’s nomination as a finalist shows that armasuisse is on the right track.

Award for leadership skills, goal orientation and clearly defined processes

Using a model which is described in the IPMA Standard for Project Excellence Baseline (PEB), the assessors judge the project by means of audits and interviews with the project client, the project management, project team members and other stakeholders, among other methods. No information need be issued regarding the content of the project for the assessment. Sensitive data is therefore protected. The result is included in a report to the jury of the IPMA who then decides on the competition finalists as well as the holders of the first three ranks. Projects that have qualified for the final are characterized in particular by strong leadership, clear goal orientation and solid processes. The processes within the project are regularly scrutinized and adjusted where indicated. In addition to the recognition achieved as a finalist, participation in the competition and the external assessment received also serve as a basis for continuous improvement of leadership and processes in the further course of the project.

International Project Management Association

The IPMA was founded in 1965 as the first internationally operating project management association and has its headquarters in Europe. Today, the IPMA comprises around 70 national organisations and has more than 40,000 members worldwide. The IPMA issues a number of standards. In addition to the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (PEB), the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (ICB) serves as a basis for the national certification programmes of project managers, according to which around 350,000 individuals have been certified to date. With the organisation and presentation of their Global Project Excellence Awards, the IPMA supports project teams in their continuous improvement efforts.

Address for enquiries

Jacqueline Stampfli
Head of Communications armasuisse
+41 58 464 60 42



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