The signing of the cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Defense, the Government of Bahia and Senai-Cimatec took place on October 31.
Air Force Agency, by Lieutenant Johny Lucas
On October 31, the Ministry of Defense, the Government of Bahia and the National Industrial Learning Service – Integrated Manufacturing and Technology Center (Senai-Cimatec) signed a partnership agreement with the aim of carrying out preliminary studies for the implementation of an Aerospace Center at the Salvador Air Base (BASV).
The ceremony was presided over by the Minister of State for Defense, José Múcio Monteiro Filho, accompanied by the Minister of State for the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic, Rui Costa dos Santos, the Commander of the Air Force, Air Brigadier Marcelo Kanitz Damasceno, the Deputy Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Army General José Eduardo Pereira, the Governor of Bahia, Jerônimo Rodrigues Souza, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, Luiz Henrique Pochyly da Costa, the President of the Federation of Industries of Bahia, Carlos Henrique Passos, and the Director General of Senai-Cimatec, Leone Peter Correia da Silva Andrade, among other civilian and military authorities.
On the occasion, the Minister of Defense stressed the importance of the partnership. “The state of Bahia is the birthplace of the renowned institute. Senai’s strong evolution has contributed to research, development and innovation. Once again, the Armed Forces are generating opportunities and hope for the population,” he said.
For the Commander of the Air Force, the agreement is an important step towards technological innovation in the northeast of the country. “By signing this agreement today between Senai-Cimatec, a Technological Innovation Centre of world-renowned capacity, and Salvador Air Base, with a view to implementing, in the state of Bahia, what could become Brazil’s second aeronautical hub, we are certain that we are witnessing yet another historic step towards ushering in new times in the country’s aerospace technology industry,” he said.
According to the Director General of Senai-Cimatec, the new campus in Salvador will help Brazil’s growth. “This is a very important moment, because it is the initial step in a highly strategic project for the state of Bahia and for the country as a whole, which is to intensify and strengthen our Base and the aerospace industry in general,” he said.
Senai-Cimatec is one of Brazil’s most advanced technology and innovation centers, dedicated to research and solutions for industry. With its headquarters in Salvador and a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,000 employees, the private, non-profit institution has expertise in 44 technological areas.
The project includes a Technical School, a University Center and a Technology Center, which work together synergistically. Founded in 2002, the institution is responsible for projects of global prominence, such as the development of the first autonomous underwater robot for deep-water inspections. In addition to its headquarters in Salvador, Senai-Cimatec operates the Cimatec Park industrial complex in Camaçari and the recently launched Cimatec Sertão and Cimatec Mar campuses. The institution actively collaborates with companies, institutions and universities to boost the competitiveness of Brazilian industry.
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