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The Institute of Scientific and Technical Research for Defense (CITEDEF, Spanish: Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas para la Defensa), is an Argentine federal agency in charge of research and development in various scientific fields. It is also in charge of homologation of weaponry.

CITEDEF is one of the scientific and technological organisms that depend on the Ministry of Defense and its Secretary of Planning. It is also a part of the "Constituyentes Technological Hub" along with other institutions such as the Atomic Energy National Commission (CNEA), the University of San Martín (UNSAM) and the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI), among others.

CITEDEF currently develops a series of projects that give it an edge on research and technology at a regional level. It is the first link of the productive chain within the Production Industry for Defense through the implementation of scientific research and technological development programs, plans and projects mainly for the Armed Forces, Military Manufactures (Fabricaciones Militares) and the Airplane Argentine Factory. All activity is developed within the technological - scientific political frame issued by the Ministry of Defense authorities.[1]


The Institute was created by President Juan Domingo Perón in Decree "S" Nº441 of the year 1954. The original name was "CITEFA" (Institute of Scientific and Technical Research for the Armed Forces). Its participation and findings were key in the development of weaponry and warfare materials and the increasing demand for technology caused an expansion and diversification to various disciplines and fields.[2]

In its beginnings, the Institute was dispersed over many geographical locations, but in 1969 all areas unified in a 19 hectare lot in the Villa Martelli neighborhood, Buenos Aires province, which is still its location nowadays. It has a 33,000 square meter lodge with laboratories and workshops, along with a drill-destined estate in the Villa María Military Factory, Cordoba province.

In 1973, a new Scientific Regime was created for the R&D staff of the Armed Forces, called RPIDFA (Régimen para el Personal de Investigación y Desarrollo de las Fuerzas Armadas). Its objective was to recruit and retain technicians and professionals of all the disciplines and fields needed for Defense.[3]

In 2007, through the Presidential Decree number 788, the name "CITEFA" was replaced with the current "CITEDEF".

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  1. ^ CITEDEF, Official webpage. "CITEDEF". CITEDEF.
  2. ^ CITEDEF, Official webpage. "Historia". CITEDEF.
  3. ^ Ministry of Defense. "RPIDFA". Archived from the original on 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  4. ^ "EXITOSO LANZAMIENTO DE UN MISIL DE PRODUCCIÓN ARGENTINA". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  5. ^ DEFENSA INSTALÓ UN GENERADOR DE ENERGÍA EÓLICA EN LA ANTÁRTIDA Archived 2010-04-15 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Proyecto SEON (Sistema Estabilizado de Observación Naval)". Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2010-11-16.

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