Thales announced the renewal of the partnership agreement with Cotecmar (Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval Marítima y Fluvial) to strengthen cooperation with the Colombian defence industry, at Expodefensa 2017, the main defence exhibition in Colombia.
The partnership was first signed in 2015 and both companies wish to reinforce this commitment today to develop Colombian defence capabilities through the combinations of synergies of both portfolios.
The deal, signed by both companies’ executives, Ruben Lazo and Jorge Enrique Carreño Moreno, also aims to evaluate new opportunities in the naval sector particularly such as combat systems, command and control systems, communications and information systems, sonars and radars.
“Thales and Cotecmar celebrated together the great success of the modernization 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”, said Ruben Lazo, Vice President for Thales in Latin America.
With more than 50 years of experience as a provider of naval equipment, systems and services, Thales offers naval forces around the world unrivalled expertise and proven operational solutions to support their big ambitions. Cotecmar has the purpose of leading the scientific and technological development of the Colombian National Navy, promoting the naval, maritime and fluvial industry throughout Latin America.
“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”, said Jorge Enrique Carreño Moreno, Vice Admiral of Cotecmar.
Cotecmar (English: Science and Technology Corporation of Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry Development) was created by the initiative of the Colombian National Army through a strategic association with Nacional University, Norte University and Tecnológica de Bolívar University.
From the outset, it works in synergy with the Ministry of National Defense and the Colombian Navy to position naval, maritime and fluvial products, achieving products and services that respond to market needs in the region and above all linking new technologies and uses to various social scenarios and security.