Colombia to Develop Training Aircraft with UNASUR
By Dialogo April 18, 2013
During LAAD 2013, the Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (CIAC) signed an agreement with UNASUR for the joint construction of a training aircraft.
CIAC is one of the four entities that are part of the Social Enterprise and Business Group Defense (GSED), which represented Colombia in the ninth edition of LAAD 2013, the most important security and defense exhibition in Latin America. Military Industry (Indumil), the Science and Technology Corporation for Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry Development (Cotecmar), and the Police Revolving Fund (FORPO) also participated in the event.
These companies have developed highly specialized products and services, in order to support improvements for the public forces in the fight against transnational organized crime and illegal armed groups.
Colombia, whose delegation was headed by Yaneth Giha, Deputy Minister of Social Enterprise and Business Group Defense, participated in the exhibit for the first time, which is viewed as recognition of the advancements made by the Colombia in the security and defense industries during the last ten years.
At the event, which gathered approximately 700 exhibitors and 65 official delegations from around the world, CIAC exhibited its capacity to develop aviation armor, introducing the T-90 Calima training aircraft, a flight simulator of the Black Hawk helicopter and the maintenance processes for aircraft such as the Hercules and CASA 212.
Coctermar introduced their Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the River Patrol Boats (LPR), and the Light and Heavy River Support Patrol Vessels (PAF-L and PAF-P, respectively).
Indumil displayed the Córdova pistol, the Galil Ace rifle and air bombs, while Forpo exhibited uniforms and bulletproof vests.