The EU’s foray into support for defence industry innovation is moving forward, but the timely establishment of cost-effective collaborative projects will not be easy. British access to such efforts remains between uncertain and unlikely.
Building on the European Council’s agreement of December 2016 that the EU would provide research funding for collaborative defence work and would build a €1-billion-per-year fund for the full collaborative development of defence systems, the Commission has announced arrangements to implement the plan for 2019/20. On 19 March the Commission publishedthe areas in which it is particularly interested both for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme and the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR); and on 11 April the European Defence Agency held an Information and Brokerage day for those interested in obtaining support for research projects attended by more than 300 participants.
Looking first at research, while there are some specific areas that the EU/European Defence Agency (EDA) see as priorities, it is also fishing with a large,……..
Credit: RUSI (Royal United Services Institute), by Trevor Taylor, 30 April 2019
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