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.