INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE MATERIEL COOPERATION
The key objective of international defence materiel cooperation is to provide the preconditions for cost-effective materiel acquisitions to safeguard military security of supply. Through cooperation it is possible to avoid overlapping work and gain synergy, which result in technological and financial benefits. International materiel cooperation covers the entire life cycle of the materiel.
International materiel cooperation is divided into bilateral and multilateral cooperation and it is based on Memorandum of Understanding documents that have been signed with a number of countries. Cooperation is carried out in the fields of research, development, manufacturing, servicing, quality assurance, acquisitions and maintenance. The aim is to create preconditions for military security of supply in emergency situations.
Defence materiel cooperation on a multilateral basis is carried out in the following major cooperation forums:
• European Defence Agency, EDA
• Nato’s Partnership for Peace programme