Representatives of the Governments of France, West Germany and the United States met at the Pentagon in Washington, U.
Representatives of the Governments of France, West Germany and the United States met at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S.A. on Wednesday (8 October) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a partnership in the development of the Roland II air defence system.
France was represented by M. Jean-Laurens Delpech, Minister for Armament, West Germany by Mr. Hans Eberhard, Director, Defence Research and Engineering and Dr. Malcolm R. Currie, Director of Defence Research and Engineering, signed for the United States.
The selection by the United States of the Roland II air defence system for fulfilling its short range air defence needs is a step towards the standardisation and co-operative research, development and production of weapons systems among the U.S. and its European allies.
Roland is a surface-to-air missile system intended to provide protection for highly mobile fighting units against attack by low-flying aircraft. It was first developed jointly by France and West Germany.