South Africa and Argentina have signed an agreement on defence development, military cooperation, and exchange of technology and innovation.

Ministerial spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said the agreement would also extend to defence-industrial cooperation in avionics, command-control-communications, air-to-air missile technology, grenade launchers and maritime environments.

The terms of the agreement also involved participation in joint training exercises, and partnership for search and rescue operations in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, according to

“This was an achievement by the navies of the southern hemisphere countries that ensured continued cooperation in maritime security and to gauge their readiness to address the ongoing global security challenges they face,” he said.

South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the South African defence industries would provide the Argentine Ministry of Defence with a wide range of defence systems required for its modernisation programmes.