ARMA Working Groups & Activities

COPA ARMA is mandated to initiate, administrate and close down Working Groups in any area that is deemed beneficial for Nordic armaments cooperation. Currently 15 such Working Groups exist. These cover a whole range of cooperation areas, and are comprised of experts from all the Nordic nations’ line organizations, such as Defence Headquarters, Logistics organizations, Defence Ministries, Services, etc.

Working groups come into existence either through the annual screening of all the nations’ procurement plans, or through an ad hoc request to cooperate on a certain issue. Working Groups report to ARMA annually.

ARMA Working Groups as of March 2016:

  

  • WG Base Camp Management

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with drafting a Technical Agreement (TA) among the four nations that will set up a Nordic pool of the Norwegian Base Camp material system for use in international operations.

  • WG Diving Systems

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with information sharing and investigating possibilities for cooperation regarding Diving systems.

  

  • WG Environment and Hazardous Materials

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with information sharing and investigating possibilities for cooperation related to the environment and the use of hazardous materials in the Armed Forces.

  • WG Geospatial Support

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with information sharing and coordination the efforts of the Nordic nations in the area of geospatial support, including common procurement. 

 

  • WG Long Range Air Surveillance Sensors

Participating nations are Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with establishing the framework for a common Norwegian and Swedish procurement of air surveillance sensors and their subsequent placement.

  • WG NATO Codification

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with information sharing and coordinating the efforts of the Nordic nations relating to codification work.

 

  • WG PHARMA

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with information sharing and investigating the possibilities for common procurement and possible warehousing of various pharmaceutical products.

 

  • WG SAP

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with information sharing and benchmarking of the Nordic nations use of SAP.

  • WG Soldier Protection Equipment and Clothing

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with investigating possible common procurement of various items in the area.

 

  • WG SITAWARE

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with coordinating the efforts of Denmark, Finland and Sweden relating to the supplier.

 

  • WG Dismounted Arms and Ammunition

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with investigating possible common procurement of various dismounted arms, as well as ammunition.

  • WG Unitized Group Rations

Participating nations are Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with investigating possible common procurement of unitized group rations and related products.

  • WG Nordic Common Uniform

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with developing a common approach for acquiring a Nordic combat uniform system. 

  • WG Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with defining common requirements for and procurement of small arms indoor shooting simulators. 

  • WG CBRN Protective Masks

Participating nations are Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with harmonizing requirements, exchanging valuable information and aiming for common procurement. 

  • WG Tactical Data Link

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked with exchanging lessons learned and developing a common Nordic acquisition strategy in the Tactical Data Link arena. 

ARMA Initiatives as of March 2016:

  • Camouflage Nets Technical Agreement

Participating nations are Norway and Denmark.

  • Camouflage Nets Nordic Option Clause

Participating nations are Finland and Denmark.