Western European Armaments Organization (WEAO)

Organisation de l'armement de l'Europe occidentale (OAEO)

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19 Nov 1996, Ostend (Belgium), as a subsidiary body of Western European Union (WEU), by adoption of the WEAO Charter and WEAO MOU by the Defence Ministers of Western European Armaments Group (WEAG). Dissolved on 31 Aug 2006.


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Provides advice and secretariat support to various project and programme groups convened under WEAG Panel II and has the power to let contracts on behalf of its members; serves as part of a group of enabling bodies and instruments that allow rapid establishment of complex multilateral R and T cooperative projects. 'EUROPA R and T MOU' and its subsidiary 'European Research Grouping Arrangements' are the principle legal instruments and have superseded the former EUCLID. Projects established by bringing together representatives of European Governments and Industry in technology expert groups, known as 'Common European Priority Areas (CEPA)'. As of Jan 2004, active Experts' Groups (EG): Radar and RF Electronic Combat Systems and Technologies; Micro Electronics; Advanced Materials and Sciences; Advanced Information Processing and Communication; Advanced Electro-Optical Systems and Technologies; Satellite Surveillance and Military Space Technology; Underwater Technology and Naval Hydrodynamics; Defence Modelling and Simulation Technologies; Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence; Energetic Materials; Missile, UAV and Robotic Technology; Electrical Engineering. The R and T activities under WEAO will be transferred to the European Defence Agency in 2006 and the WEAO and its executive body, the Research Cell, will cease activity and existence.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 20 countries
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Subjects *

  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Defence
    • Arms
  • Technology
    • Technology

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



Last News Received

29. Jul 2005
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