The Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA) was established in 1992 on the initiative of the ministers of the (then) Independent European Planning Group (IEPG) and aims to enhance cooperation and professional relationships among its members. It does so by information exchange, promotion of conferences and promotion of public and political interest in defence industry and technology. EDTA is mainly active in the defence technology and defence industry sector. EDTA is a non-profit federation of associations with no independent capital.
The main cooperation between EDTA and ETSA will be on European and national defence technology and policy issues pertaining to training and simulation technology, capabilities and industry.
Information exchange and mutual support may help both associations in their endeavours. EDTA and its members may support ETSA to pursue its goals with knowledge and information on defence related technology, industry as well as national and European defence policies. ETSA and its members may support EDTA likewise to pursue its goals with knowledge, information and strategies on defence related modelling, training and simulation technologies, methodologies and practices.