Thales and Cotecmar renew deal to boost Colombian defence capabilities

12 December 2017 (Last Updated December 12th, 2017 10:52)

Thales has signed a partnership renewal agreement with Colombia's Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval Marítima y Fluvial (Cotecmar) to boost cooperation with the country's defence industry.

Thales has signed a partnership renewal agreement with Colombia’s Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval Marítima y Fluvial (Cotecmar) to boost cooperation with the country’s defence industry.

The original deal between the two organisations was signed in 2015.

The new arrangement will see Thales and Cotecmar work to strengthen the development of Colombia’s defence capabilities through the synergy of both company’s portfolios.

"Colombia is a key country for Thales and we reaffirm the relationship of trust with Cotecmar to provide solutions tailored to the needs of the Colombian National Navy."

Thales Latin America vice-president Ruben Lazo said: “Thales and Cotecmar celebrated together the great success of the modernisation of the frigates of Colombia.

“Colombia is a key country for Thales and we reaffirm the relationship of trust with Cotecmar to provide solutions tailored to the needs of the Colombian National Navy, to work on new projects in Colombia and Latin America.”

In addition, the renewed partnership will seek to assess new opportunities in in the field of combat systems, command and control systems, communications and information systems, sonars and radars.

Cotecmar vice-admiral Jorge Enrique Carreño Moreno said: “This partnership with Thales is a great opportunity to reinforce the support to the Colombian Navy, promoting the development of new projects.

“Our mission, as a science and technology corporation, is to transfer knowledge in the offer of value represented and deliver high-impact solutions to serve the country and the region.”

Cotecmar aims to lead the scientific and technological development of the Colombian National Navy, thereby promoting the naval, maritime and fluvial industry across South America.