• Between 2012 and 2016, the budget for the military industry has increased by more than 36 percent, reflecting the government’s commitment to investing in innovation, science and technology development to trigger the progress of our country, he said.
  • This speaks of the importance of the link between our research and development centers and industry in a broad sense, he said.
  • Our industry is evolving, as shown by the real growth of 9.3 percent in manufacturing during the first four years of this administration, compared with 0.6 percent during the same period in the previous government, he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today led the commemorative ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the military industry, which, “has been trained by the finest engineers and technicians to produce the elements required for our armed forces’ missions, such as ensuring national sovereignty and domestic security and peace”.

The president said that our military industry has been strengthened during the current administration. Between 2012 and 2016, the budget for the military industry has increased by more than 36 percent, reflecting the government’s commitment to investing in innovation, science and technology development to trigger the progress of our country,” he said.

He noted that this effort, “Seeks to ensure that by 2018, all the troops in the operating units will carry Mexican-made FX-05 rifles. Armed with these weapons, our troops will carry out their security and surveillance work throughout the national territory”.

He added that in 2011 and 2014, various all-terrain armored vehicles began to be designed and manufactured, not only for military tasks but also to support the civilian population living in remote areas”.

Moreover, he said, “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 strengthen the training of Mexican Air Force members”.

The president declared that several of the military industry initiatives have benefitted from the talent and the support of institutions specializing in science and technology development, such as the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), the National Polytechnic Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Metropolitan Autonomous University”.

”To give some idea of the power of innovation, suffice it to say that many inventions that have revolutionized the world originated in the military industry and were subsequently expanded for civilian purposes, as in the case of radar or even the Internet,” he said.

He said that, “It is also a source of pride to know that several of the technicians in our military industry were trained in various careers and specialties in the Military Education System”.  He congratulated the Research and Development Directorate of the Military Industry, “because from this year onwards, it will form part of the National Register of Scientific and Technological Institutions of CONACyT”.

"This speaks of the importance of the link between our research and development  centers and industry in a broad sense. This industry is expanding, as shown by the real growth of 9.3 percent in manufacturing during the first four years of this administration, compared with 0.6 percent during the same period of the previous government,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that, “In addition to being proud of our military education system, we are also proud of the reinforcement of the Polytechnic and Technological Universities”.

"There are now 173 centers offering training in line with the requirements of the domestic industry. These universities have an enrollment of over 330,000 students, who will play a crucial role in the progress of our country because they will become engineers and technologists seeking innovative solutions to the challenges of industry and Mexican society,” he said.

The president expressed his institutional recognition and congratulated, “All the members of our army, as an example of technique and creativity, capacity and training”.

He recalled that 100 years ago, in 1916, “The Mexico of institutions began to be outlined,” and that same year, “our military industry was proudly born”. Moreover, he continued, “First Chief Venustiano Carranza convened a Constituent Congress through which the entire nation unambiguously express its sovereign will. This Congress led to the Constitution that governs us today, and next year, we will celebrate its first Centenary”.

He said that Carranza’s example, “Has been one of the things that have guided the current administration. We have worked to strengthen laws and institutions to cope with the challenges Mexico faces in the 21st Century”.

At the same time, he said, “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”:

The president also thanked, “All members of Mexican society who have closed ranks with our Army, showing signs of humanity and solidarity with our armed forces against any onslaught or attack suffered by elements of our Armed forces”.

At the event, President Peña Nieto issued a postage stamp commemorating 100 years of the military industry. He also toured the facilities of the Directorate of Armaments and Munitions Marketing, and the exhibition stand with weapons and cartridges. He also unveiled the “Transmutation” monument to commemorate the centenary of the Military Industry, and pressed the button to store a time capsule on the premises of the Directorate General of the Military Industry.

THE MILITARY INDUSTRY BEGAN ITS MODERNIZATION UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO: GENERAL LOZANO ESPINOSA

General Genaro Fausto Lozano Espinosa, Director General of the Military Industry, said that under President Enrique Peña Nieto’s leadership, the military industry began to be modernized through two essential aspects: the development of infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology and the improvement of manufacturing processes, and the professional training of its human capital.

He declared: ”We aim to maximize productivity, by consolidating a modern, efficient industry”.

He stressed that the vision and experience of military engineers is essential for the research and development of new projects, such as prototype weapons, two-seater aircraft for training, remote operation systems and machinery applied to production.

He noted that, “As heirs to the important work of our predecessors, we continue with the honorable task of making weapons and cartridges and diversifying into the production of armored vehicles and various materials such as tools, plastics and paints”.

Therefore, he stated that, “A century after its creation, the military industry retains its mystique and commitment to product quality and technological innovation, oriented towards competitiveness and continuous improvement, continuously renewing its efforts to contribute to making Mexico more prosperous and inclusive”.

He hailed President Enrique Peña Nieto’s broad vision, because, he said, he has led to our country, “In a joint effort by society and government, to advance determinedly towards a brighter future through education and scientific and technological progress”.

He also thanked the president,  “For all the support he has always given the armed forces as well as supporting research and development in this industrial establishment”.