Philip­pines and France sign de­fence co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment


The French De­fense Sec­re­tary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Am­bas­sador Thierry Mathou re­cently signed the ar­range­ment be­tween the Sec­re­tary of Na­tional De­fense of the Philip­pines and the Min­is­ter of De­fence of the French Repub­lic re­lated to de­fence co­op­er­a­tion.

Un­der this frame­work, both coun­tries agreed to fo­cus their co­op­er­a­tion on high-level di­a­logues and de­fence pol­icy con­sul­ta­tions, vis­its of de­fence and armed forces au­thor­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of de­fence equip­ment, lo­gis­tics and the de­fence in­dus­try.

“Our re­la­tion­ship would be fur­ther en­hanced as we in­sti­tu­tion­alise our co­op­er­a­tion through this agree­ment,” Sec­re­tary Gazmin said.

The con­clu­sion of the Philip­pines-France De­fense Ar­range­ment is very timely given the in­creas­ing de­fence and se­cu­rity chal­lenges both coun­tries are con­fronted with. The co­op­er­a­tion pro­vided for in the agree­ment could en­hance the two coun­tries’ de­fence ca­pac­i­ties and ca­pa­bil­i­ties es­sen­tial in ad­dress­ing such chal­lenges. with CAE, a global leader in the de­liv­ery of train­ing for the de­fence and civil avi­a­tion mar­kets.

“GA-ASI is pleased to align with UND Aero­space and CAE to aug­ment our RPA Train­ing Academy’s cur­ricu­lum with com­pre­hen­sive train­ing so­lu­tions for our in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic cus­tomers,” said Lin­den Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “We look for­ward to work­ing with UND Aero­space and CAE to meet the grow­ing global de­mand for RPA in­struc­tion.”

UND Aero­space will pro­vide its ex­ist­ing Preda­tor Mis­sion Air­crew Train­ing Sys­tem (PMATS), a flight sim­u­la­tor that ac­cu­rately re­pro­duces Preda­tor and Reaper pi­lot and sen­sor op­er­a­tor air­crew sta­tions, al­low­ing stu­dents to master the art of fly­ing and op­er­at­ing a GA-ASI RPA sys­tem.

The mis­sion of the GA-ASI RPA Train­ing Academy is to pro­vide safe, ef­fec­tive and cut­ting-edge flight train­ing for air­crew op­er­at­ing the com­pany’s air­craft. As an ad­di­tional ben­e­fit, the Train­ing Academy will po­ten­tially serve to aug­ment US Air Force and other cus­tomer train­ing pro­grammes as well. Train­ing for GA-ASI air­crew be­gins this sum­mer, fol­lowed by in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer train­ing in the fall.

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