Year: 2022

First European Defence Innovation Day Calls for More Investment and Cooperation |#EDID22

First European Defence Innovation Day Calls for More Investment and Cooperation

Brussels, 1 June 2022We must invest more in defence and make up for years of budget cuts and underinvestment. The message is clear: we need to reduce fragmentation and invest more together, starting now”, said High Representative/Head of the European Defence Agency, Josep Borrell, during the first European Defence Innovation Day – organised by the European Defence Agency under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The event displayed how greater investment and cooperation in defence innovation is crucial to maintain and drive European technological sovereignty.

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A first for the European Defence Innovation Hub (HEDI)

The Defence Innovation Day marks the official launch – and first activity – of the Hub for European Defence Innovation (HEDI) which was established within EDA following a decision by Member States’ Defence Ministers on 17 May. The launch of HEDI is not only an important first delivery of the Strategic Compass, but also a crucial step towards a more innovative European defence.

The Head of Agency, Josep Borrell said: “EDA certainly has a key role to play in defence innovation. It has been dealing with innovation since its creation in 2004. And it has already delivered. Successful examples include projects on drone swarms; technologies for electromagnetic railguns; or new clean energy technologies to lower the carbon footprint and decrease energy dependencies in the defence sector. These are all initiatives developed at EDA”.

Speaking at the opening of the event, EDA Chief Executive, Jiri Šedivý said: “The creation of the Hub for European Defence Innovation in EDA is an additional sign that Member States are ready to take European defence innovation to the next level, in cooperation with the European Commission but also with NATO”.

Showcasing European Excellence in Innovation

The European Defence Innovation Day also extended to an exhibition highlighting cutting-edge defence innovations developed at national and European level. The exhibition gathered innovators from 19 Member States and 9 developed within the framework of the European Defence Agency. “I’m proud” of EDA’s work on innovation so far, “but we have to do more”, the Head of the Agency Josep Borrell said, insisting on a close cooperation with the European Commission and its European Defence Fund (EDF), as well as with NATO “because we have the same purpose”.

The event gathered defence experts and innovators from EU institutions, Member States’ Defence Ministries, armed forces and innovation agencies, NATO, media, research institutes, industry and academia. A summary of the discussions during the event are available here.

More information

Event summary : First European Defence Innovation Day marks launch of HEDI (europa.eu)

Factsheet: https://eda.europa.eu/publications-and-data/factsheets/factsheet-hub-for-eu-defence-innovation-(hedi)

Press release: Hub for EU Defence Innovation Established within EDA (europa.eu)

Source: https://eda.europa.eu/news-and-events/news/2022/06/01/first-european-defence-innovation-day-calls-for-more-investment-and-cooperation

European Defence Innovation Day | EDA

European Defence Innovation Day

The first European Defence Innovation Day organised by the European Defence Agency under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, takes places on May 31st, 2022.

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This conference and exhibition provide a timely opportunity to further ignite innovation in European defence and maximise synergies between civilian innovation and defence. A high-level conference will be coupled with a dedicated exhibition which will showcase and demonstrate European excellence in defence innovation.

The first European Defence Innovation Day will take place on Tuesday, 31 May 2022 in Brussels and online.

You can join online for this high-level event focused on driving European excellence in defence innovation with speakers from EDA, French Ministry for the Armed Forces, Defence Innovation Agency – France, NATO, European Commission, Saab, TNO, and the University of Cologne. The event will be closed by Josep Borrell, HR/VP and Head of the European Defence Agency.

The full agenda for the event can be found here, to register simply fill out this registration form. Registrations for this online event must close on Monday 30th at 09:00.

Source: https://eda.europa.eu/news-and-events/events/2022/05/31/default-calendar/european-defence-innovation-day—31-may

EDA’s study in Risk Assessment, Aviation Safety & Test Flights

EDA’s study in Risk Assessment, Aviation Safety & Test Flights

European Defence Agency (EDA) has published the results of its study in assessment, aviation safety & test flights. It delivers final recommendations for accommodation of large military drones in civil air traffic

EDA’s work in support of the accommodation and integration of large military Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS, or drones) in civil air traffic in non-segregated airspace has just reached a significant milestone when the Agency delivered to its Member States the final findings and recommendations of its study on the ‘Accommodation of MALE-type RPAS: scenarios and safety case’ ordered in 2019.

You can read more on EDA’s website at: https://eda.europa.eu/news-and-events/spotlight/eda-delivers-final-recommendations-for-accommodation-of-large-military-drones-in-civil-air-traffic

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2nd INTERACT Workshop on UxS Interoperability | Stockholm

2nd INTERACT Workshop on UxS Interoperability | Stockholm

The 2nd Workshop on UxS Interoperability took place in hybrid format on 3rd-4th May 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden. It was hosted by FOI partners and the consortium team had the opportunity to meet and further elaborate UxS Interoperability aspects. A warm thank you to all partners for their active participation.

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INTERACT establishes a new communication synergy with EXCEED PADR project

INTERACT establishes a new communication synergy with EXCEED PADR project

The INTERACT PADR project team further expands its network by establishing a communication collaboration (synergy) with the EXCEED PADR project. In the frame of this collaboration, cross communication activities will be made aiming to promote both projects’ news and results to a wider audience of experts and stakeholders.

About EXCEED PADR Project:

EXCEED stands for trustEd and fleXible system-on-Chip for EuropEan Defence applications. The project aims at paving the way for a trusted European supply chain of reconfigurable, flexible and trustable programmable system-on-a-chip family targeting a number of ruggedized and secure defence applications such as for radio frequency (RF) sensors and signal processing arrays, flexible radios, secure positioning and navigation, UAV data links, military networks, flexible cryptography engines, dismounted soldier, guidance and mission critical controllers.

The security of the System-on-chip architecture is studied in detail to cope with Classified information and defence specificities as well as country-specific requirements, through protection, personalisation and life-cycle management. The project also focuses on System Development Tools. The secure chip is fabricated in a trusted environment in Europe. The demonstrator chip will be a mid-scale member of the family.

The consortium encompasses a total of 19 participants from 6 EU countries and Norway. The project, which has a duration of 36 months, starting 1st of November 2020, will receive an EU grant of roughly €12 million.

Project’s website: www.exceed-padr.eu
EXCEED LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/company/exceed-padr/
EXCEED Poster: Download Here

INTERACT communication synergy with CROWN project

INTERACT communication synergy with CROWN project

The INTERACT PADR project team expands its network by establishing a communication collaboration (synergy) with the CROWN PADR project. In the framework of this synergy, cross communication activities will be made aiming to promote both projects’ news and results to a wider audience.

About CROWN PADR project

CROWN (European active electronically scanned array with Combined Radar, cOmmunications, and electronic Warfare fuNctions for military applications) received funding for the Research Action call on the topic “Electromagnetic Spectrum Dominance” under the European Union’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR). The project has a duration of 30 months.

CROWN will address research and technological development activities to go a step further in the development of European next-generation multifunction radiofrequency (RF) system mainly for airborne surveillance platforms based on Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) technology capable of integrating radar, electronic warfare and communications functions into a single compact and lightweight item of equipment. The project makes a significant contribution towards building European industrial defence capability and ensuring industrial independence.

The planned activities of the project include R&D assessment and recommendations on critical technologies, R&T activities on system and component level as well as designing, manufacturing and testing of a small-scale prototype.

CROWN is led by Indra Sistemas S. A. (Spain), and the consortium of the project encompasses a total  of 11  participants  from  7  countries.

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