At a ceremony in the Spanish Pavilion at Eurosatory, EXPAL’s general manager, Manuel Garcia-Sanuda, handed the presidency of the European Land Defence Industry Group (ELDIG) to Heikki Allonen, president and CEO of Finnish company Patria. ELDIG’s presidency rotates within its member companies every second year.
ELDIG serves as a forum for the land systems industry under the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), which represents more then 2,000 companies from some 20 nations, with 752,000 employees. Membership of the land industry represents more than 100,000 employees.
An example of ELDIG’s achievements “is the co-operation with EDA [European Defence Agency] concerning the different roadmaps for future land systems or precision guided ammunition.
ELDIG has also introduced its position paper with the proposals for future development projects,” said the outgoing president.