The Defence Test and Evaluation Base (DTEB) is more than a database. DTEB is rather the strategic project for the creation of a European network of defence technology centres. The now established database system “DTEB Database” represents the major tool for supporting the creation of a network of European agencies.
The DTEB project can now look back on a long history. Since the 1990s efforts have been made on a European level to make access to defence technology and defence research agencies more efficient not only for one's own country, but also for other European nations. These agencies, which will be called Test and Evaluation Centres (TEC) below, were already supposed to be included in a catalogue within the context of the Western European Armaments Group (WEAG). The Sub Group on Test Facilities (SGTF) compiled the "WEAG Test Centre Catalogue” which, however, could not be further pursued due to the dissolution of the WEAG – SGTF.
In the eyes of the EDA, the great and steadily increasing number of cooperation in the field of Test and Evaluation (T & E) and the demand for a preservation of European evaluation capabilities with regard to T&E confirmed the ongoing demand for a support tool as it had already existed in the WEAG. Thanks to the international support in the DTEB Plenary group , more specified demands led to the design of the "DTEB Database" and to a great opportunity achieve progress in a DTEB Development Plan.