A dozen Spanish companies are participating in the 2014 International Air and Space Show, or FIDAE, in Santiago, Chile, exhibiting innovative new aerospace products, defense equipment, such as armored vehicles, helicopter engineering gear and air traffic control systems.
The Spanish firms are in a pavillion set up by the Spanish Defense, Aeronautics and Space Technology Companies Association, or TEDAE, with the goal of identifying partners and sourcing customers in Latin America.
Urovesa, one of the Spanish firms at FIDAE, manufactures all-terrain vehicles and cargo trucks, focusing on the military market.
The company is exhibiting the high-mobility tactical vehicle, or Vamtac, at FIDAE, one of the vehicles the company makes for the Spanish army and which has been used on missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, Urovesa director of international sales Fernando Saavedra told Efe.
Vehicles like the Vamtac also have civilian uses, mainly in dealing with natural disasters, Saavedra said, adding that the Argentine government purchased 24 trucks from Urovesa in 2012 for fighting forest fires.
State-owned shipyard Navantia is exhibiting a system that can be used by vehicles for exploration and reconnaissance on land.
Einsa, which provides ground services to both civilian and military aviation customers, is also at FIDAE.
Einsa participated at the air show for the first time in 2012, sealing deals to sell cargo platforms to the air forces in Chile and Peru, the company's marketing director, Denis Maguire, said.
The deep economic recession in Spain forced the company to seek markets abroad, where it now gets 81 percent of its sales, serving clients in Finland, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Equatorial Guinea.
Indra, which sells air traffic control systems, is a company with a broad presence in Latin America.
The company won the bidding last year for five air traffic control centers in Chile and received other contracts in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, among other countries, Indra executive Enrique Castillo told Efe.
GAPTEK, another Spanish company participating in FIDAE, is looking to sell hangars and modules for use on military bases or for civilian purposes in Latin America.
The 2014 FIDAE, which runs until Sunday, is showcasing the wares of nearly 600 exhibitors from 43 countries.
The air show started in 1980 and was expanded 10 years later to include civilian and commercial aircraft, as well as the aerospace sector. EFE