At a meeting held in the city of Brasilia on January 17, Colombian and Brazilian defense ministers Juan Carlos Pinzón and Celso Amorim, respectively, announced the expansion of military and defense cooperation between the two countries. The ministers’ intention is to present a joint plan to combat cross-border crime, especially along the Amazonian border, through the creation of an integrated system for regional information exchange.
In the same way, the ministers expressed their interest in strengthening the defense industry by holding a bilateral summit with the participation of representatives from firms based in both countries.
They also committed to programming future exercises between the Colombian and Brazilian Armed Forces, as well as establishing the possibility of creating a bi-national commission that would work on aspects related to UAVs, hardened media, and cyberdefense.
Pinzón also expressed Colombia’s interest in actively participating in the KC-390 project, while Brazil showed interest in the River Support Patrol Boats produced by the firm COTECMAR. In addition, the Colombian minister offered his counterpart the possibility of exchanging information about their surveillance systems for monitoring the illegal trafficking of substances and weapons.
Finally, the Brazilian defense minister accepted an invitation to visit Cartagena de Indias on the occasion of the UNASUR defense, interior, and justice ministers meeting planned for May 3 and 4, 2012.