Carlos Cardoen

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Carlos Cardoen
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Carlos Cardoen dressed as a huaso, in 2010
Born (1942-05-01) May 1, 1942 (age 76)
Santa Cruz, Chile
Residence Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Alma mater University of Utah, U.S.
Occupation Businessman, metallurgical engineer, and weapon scientist
Known for Arm Broker and supplied explosive weapons to Iraq
Entrance to Colchagua Museum, property of Cardoen.

Carlos Remigio Cardoen Cornejo (born 1 May 1942, Santa Cruz, Chile) is a Chilean metallurgical engineer, weapons scientist and agricultural businessman.

Weapon industry[edit]

Carlos Cardoen meeting with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

As a weapon expert he ran FAMAE in the late 1980s[citation needed]. He allegedly illegally sold zirconium supplemented armaments to Iraq under the Saddam Regime, exported from the United States, for which he has an international arrest warrant.[1]

During the height of the Beagle crisis in 1978 Cardoen was contacted by Chilean Air Force commander Fernando Matthei and designed on his request a light bomb, that could be dropped from any airforce plane, in only 15 days. When asking Matthei what did he want the bomb for, he reportedly answered: "para joder"' (to joke around)'.[2]

Agriculture and tourism[edit]

From the 1990s onwards Cardoen has invested capital into the wine, energy, match, fruit juice and tourism businesses in Chile, especially in O'Higgins, his home region. Due to his involvement in cultural and tourism projects he has been awarded the "Premio a lo Chileno" in 2006 and "Orden al Mérito Docente y Cultural Gabriela Mistral" in 2005.[citation needed] He has been suffering from colon cancer for many years.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Justin Hibbard, "The Chilean Connection", San Francisco Chronicle, 2 March 2003.
  2. ^ La escuadra en acción. 2004, pg. 187.

External links[edit]

Media related to Carlos Cardoen at Wikimedia Commons