Unabridged statement: Minister of Defence: MoU with Argentina


South Africa and Argentine sign agreement for defence industry development and military cooperation.

Buenos Aires, Argentine, The South Africa and Argentine strengthen their military partnership by signing an agreement to exchange technology, innovation, military health development and participation on joint training exercises and partnership for search and rescue operations in the Southern Atlantic Ocean.

The two countries also agreed to explore areas of defence-industrial cooperation, in the aviation, avionics, command-control-communications, air-to-air missile technology, grenade launches and maritime environments. 

The Agreement was signed by the South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu and her Argentinean counterpart Dr Garre onboard the SAS Drakensberg. The SAS Drakensberg is in Argentine to participate in the naval Exercise ATLASUR VIII with the Argentine, Brazilian and Uruguayan navies in the southern Atlantic Ocean. 

This is an achievement by the navies of the countries from the South to continue to cooperate in maritime security environment and to gauge their readiness to address the ongoing global security challenges they facing.

Both Ministers agreed that the threat of conflict between nations has almost disappeared. And new threats and challenges of a special type have emerged to challenge the stability and security of nations.
“The most obvious of these are terrorism, piracy in the high seas, proliferations of nuclear weapons among rogue countries, biological and chemical ware, cyberwarfare, resource scarcity and climate change. These threats present major challenges to the deployment of our Armed Forces. Deterrence is not enough. Our Armed Forces must be able to anticipate and act swiftly to address these threats whenever they arise” Sisulu said.

The Minister added that the two countries share similar national interests, which are based on common national values within the concept of South-South cooperation. 
“The South African Defence Industries are technologically highly advanced and diversified presenting the Argentine Ministry of Defence with a vast range of defence systems required for its modernisation programmes.  In particular the long-range radar environment, which presents us with the opportunity for a joint project to fulfil the common long-range radar requirements in both South Africa and Argentina, The South African Defence Industries are keen to enter into joint-development ventures with the Argentine Defence Industries and furthermore offer advanced system houses for the future research and development of weapon systems” She said. 

The SAS Drakensberg was supporting the submarine Challotte Maxeke in the joint exercise. They have all departed for South Africa to arrive on December 3, 2010 in time for Christmas. Before they departed; for the Minister addressed the sailors and officers on board and expressed her greatest happiness and pride.
“You fly our flag very high, continue doing the good work to represent us as a nation” She concluded.

Issued by

Ndivhuwo Mabaya

Head of Media Services

Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans

Cell: 0836457838

Email: [email protected]

Date: November 21, 2010