ARMA Working Groups & Activities

COPA ARMA aim is to achieve financial, technical and/or industrial benefits for all the member countries within the field of acquisition and life cycle support. This will be achieved through transparent and mutual exchange of information on planned national procurement in order to identify and exploit possibilities for common development programs, procurement and maintenance of existing and emerging capabilities.

COPA ARMA is mandated to initiate, administrate and close down Working Groups in any area that is deemed beneficial for Nordic armaments cooperation. 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.

Currently 11 such Subgroups 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 report to ARMA annually.

ARMA Working Groups as of June 2017:

WG Bridges

Participating nations are Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The WG is tasked to investigate the possibilities for cooperation regarding bridging equipment and related equipment such as explosives, camouflage, vehicles etc. 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 

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.