Our Center, as partner to the Chilean Air Force (FACH) since 2010, was invited to participate in the celebration of 100 years of Chilean Military Aviation and Aviation School
The solemn ceremony was led by President Sebastian Piñera, Commander-in-Chief, Jorge Rojas Avila, national military leaders, delegations from different countries and governmental authorities. In his speech, General Air emphasized the elements of research and development in Chile, in areas which directly supports CEFOP to the air force, as reported Dr. Rolando Hernández, director of Technology Development, invited as our representative.
In December 28, 2010, with presence of General Rojas and the Rector of University of Concepción, Sergio Lavanchy, was signed the agreement establishing the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the air force and CEFOP. “It’s very important for both institutions, because it will speed scientific and academic processes to develop technologies that could eventually have applications for defense,” said Rojas Commander at that time.
Promoting collaboration in research, development and technology transfer, academic cooperation, training and extension, were the objectives at the time. After almost three years of such close partnership with our Center, Dr. Hernandez is optimistic to highlight the work of this unprecedented alliance. “Some of these collaborations were materialized at work along the satellite FASat-Charlie, geo-referenced analysis of satellite pictures, and professional training, such as the incorporation of Lieutenant Francisca Parra to our postgraduate researchers”, said.
In 1930 Army military aviation merged with Naval Aviation Navy, which gave rise to the FACh. Today, after 70 years, the need to take a leap of military development, compromises the application of science and technology for national purpose. As a researcher at the University of Concepción, Dr. Rolando Hernández has developed projects and has advised the air force since 20 years ago, “is the reason that this close relationship has resulted in strategic alliance with CEFOP”.
“Incorporate technological development to our country is very important for CEFOP, because when we want to make airplanes, we have to do research and development. Someone made the laser, sight, and engines, to achieve the necessary speed. As in Chile we are buyers, we don’t notice, but in sales countries do all that, and it’s our job to impulse to foster development”, Dr. Hernández said.