The technologies that should be included in the next generation of naval platforms are concerned with the SEA DEFENSE project (survivability, electrification, automation, detectability, forecasting European naval capabilities in extreme conditions), a study coordinated by the Dutch shipyard Damen and aimed at this ab to provide the European Commission and Member States with a complete and updated roadmap on this issue. It was selected in the call EDIDP-FNPRT-2019 of the European Industrial Defense Development Program (EDIDP) and its development will start on December 1, 2020 with a duration of 30 months and a budget of 400.
The participation of SAES in the project is part of the WP3 Low Detectability work package, which focuses on identifying the technological gaps and the detailed measures that need to be developed to counter the threat posed by the growing detection capabilities of the new surface sensors. than submarines and the ways to counteract it by reducing the visibility of naval platforms based on current and emerging technologies.
The project is the first of the new European defense programs in which SAES is participating under the Navantia Linked Third Party modality. Under the EDIDP program, a linked third party is one who has a legal or economic relationship with one of the members of the consortium, performs the assigned tasks on their own behalf, and receives the grant directly from the EU. A linked third party has the same eligibility criteria as the direct members of the consortium.
A total of 20 companies from eight European countries are taking part in the SEA DEFENSE project. These companies include the main European shipyards: Damen Shipyard Group (Netherlands), Fincantieri SPA (Italy), Grupo Naval SA (France), Navantia, SA, Pyme (Spain), SAAB Kockums AB (Sweden), Europa del Mar (Belgium ), Marine Systems Thyssenkrupp (Germany), Tecnologa Martima, Odense (Denmark), Defense Lrssen (Germany), TNO (Netherlands), Marin (Netherlands), CTN (Spain).
The EDIDP, together with the PADR (Preparatory Action on Defense Research), was one of the forerunners of the future European Defense Fund EDF (2021-2027), which will centralize research and technological development in the European Union as a complement to the future horizon program. Europe focused on research and development in civil and security fields. EDIDP focuses on fostering a strong and innovative defense industry as well as strengthening the EU’s defense autonomy and technological leadership.
Photo: SAES team prepares the use of the MIRS system to measure the submarine signatures of ships.
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