President Enrique Peña Nieto led the commemorative ceremony of the “100 Years since the Creation of the Military Industry”.
The Mexican Army has a popular origin. Created in 1913, it was led by Venustiano Carranza to reestablish the rule of law in the country.
The revolutionary general Francisco L. Urquizo wrote that Venustiano Carranza wished to have a secure supply of weapons and ammunition produced in the country, since at the time, foreigners were influencing the Mexican Revolution, by granting or denying weapons to the various groups in conflict .
Army members are a symbol of loyalty and courage; patriotism and peace. They are given technical training and taught ethical values. They set an example to other Mexicans of love for one’s country through their everyday work.
For 100 years, the military industry has been trained by the finest engineers and technicians, to manufacture the necessary elements for the armed forces’ missions: guaranteeing national sovereignty and domestic security and peace.
"In 2013, we had the honor of celebrating the centenary of our Army and now in 2016, we continue to celebrate the exploits of our armed forces, with the 50th anniversary of the DN-III-E Plan and the centenary of the creation of the Military Industry”: EPN
The military industry has been strengthened during the current administration.
- Between 2012 and 2016, the budget has increased by over 36%.
- Investments are reflected in innovation, science and technological development to detonate the country's progress.
- Efforts are being made to ensure that by 2018, all the troops in operating units will carry Mexican-made FX-05 Rifles. Equipped with these weapons, our troops will perform their safety and security work throughout the country.
- In 2011 and 2014, various all-terrain armored vehicles began to be designed and manufactured, not only for military tasks but also to assist the civilian population living in remote areas.
- The Sub-Directorate General of the Military Aeronautics Industry was created, which has made it possible to develop the Aztec Project, which includes a prototype aircraft and an experimental batch of two-seater aircraft for in-flight training. This project will reinforce the training of Mexican Air Force members.
- Polytechnic and Technological Universities are being reinforced. There are now 173 centers offering training in line with the requirements of the industry, with an enrollment of over 330,000 students.
“During this administration, we have given a strong impetus to the improvement and updating of academic programs, as well as the expansion and modernization of various university campuses, both civilian and military”: EPN
Several of the military industry initiatives have benefitted from the talent and the support of institutions specializing in science and technology development, such as CONACYT, the National Polytechnic Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Metropolitan Autonomous University.
And several military industry technicians were trained in the various degree programs and specialties of the Military Education System.
"Our armed forces have been guarantors to ensure that our laws and institutions are respected, so that national sovereignty and the rule of law continue to be consolidated, and Mexicans are the sole masters of our destiny”: EPN