U.S. Signs Defence R&D Agreement with Chile

US signs defence R&D agreement with Chile Andrew MacDonald, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 14 October 2016 US defence secretary Ashton Carter signed a defence industrial agreement with his Chilean counterpart José Antonio Gómez on 13 October. The deal, which was signed following both countries' participation in the 12th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, aims to increase their level of co-operation on defence research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E). Although no details of joint development projects were announced, the Chilean Ministry of Defence hailed the deal, which was developed by Chilean Defence Advisory Committee's Subcommittee on Science and Technology, as a "major breakthrough". COMMENT Chile has a long history of bilateral defence co-operation with the United States, as well as of extensive trade, including a major purchase of Lockheed Martin F-16s worth USD650 million in 2002.
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Friday, October 14, 2016
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