📢We have updated the INTERACT project Factsheet for the 2nd year of the project❗️❗️
INTERACT project enhances the capabilities of European armed forces to safely and effectively operate unmanned systems together with manned systems in joint or combined operations. The project will deliver the effective means to ensure the interoperability and standardisation of different unmanned systems, equipment, components and procedures in order to maximise benefit and optimise adoption and integration ofunmanned systems in the operation of armed force.
This project has received funding from European Union’s Preparatory Action for Defence Research
The high-level event will allow the wider European defence community to discuss how today’s promises of increased investment will have the most tangible impact on tomorrow’s defence capabilities. Speakers will present their vision for what increased investment in European defence will mean and whether new commitments will drive cooperation or competition.
2nd INTERACT Newsletter Issue Published | July 2022
The second e-newsletter issue of our project is out! This issue covers the period from February 2022 until June 2022 and presents to the reader the UxS Interoperabillity workshops that the INTERACT PADR team organized in Stockholm(Sweden) and Athens(Greece), the communication synergies established with CROWN PADR and EXCEED PADR projects as well as the related activities performed. Morever, a study made by the European Defence Agencyin Risk Assessment, Aviation Safety & Test Flights is featured in Defence Research section.
3rd INTERACT Workshop on UxS Interoperability | Athens
The 3rd Workshop on UxS Interoperability was held on 28th – 29th June 2022 in Athens, Greece. The activity was supported by all INTERACT PADR partners and it was hosted by ICCS. In addition, our consortium was honored of EDA Project Officer presence who attended the workshop and provided valuable feedback on the topic.
During those two days, the consortium had the opportunity to meet again physically and have fruitful discussions on UxS Interoperability aspects. A warm thank you to all partners for their active participation.
INTERACT featured at EXCEED PADR Website | News from synergy projects
📢Cross communication activities with our synergy 🤝projects continue!! Our project is featured at EXCEED PADR project’s website at section “Synergies”. It includes a brief description of INTERACT PADR and its offered solution as well as a reference to INTERACT’s website(URL)
First European Defence Innovation Day Calls for More Investment and Cooperation
Brussels, 1 June 2022. “We 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.
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.