by Keith Zahra
The European Commission has opened calls to finance up to €160 million in joint defence industrial projects in 2020 and announcing seven new defence research projects selected for more than €23 million of funding under the 2019 budget.
The projects are financed respectively under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), worth €500 million for 2019-2020, and the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR), which has a budget of €90 million for 2018-2020. They are the precursor programmes of the fully-fledged European Defence Fund, which will foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base and contribute to the EU’s strategic autonomy.
The Commission is looking for project proposals including design, prototyping and testing Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBNR) medical countermeasures, such as preventive and therapeutic immunotherapy, which could be beneficial to tackle future pandemic crises such as the one Europe and the world are facing today.
The calls also seek to increase the EU’s capabilities to detect and counter Unmanned Air Systems such as drones in defence scenarios, and the EU’s cyber situational awareness and defence capabilities, defence networks and technologies for secure communication and information sharing.
Projects funded throughout 2019 included critical defence technologies for electronic warfare and interoperability standards for military unmanned systems.
by Keith Zahra
Ci Consulta – EU Affairs