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16 Feb 2018

New pan-European defence research projects presented

On 16 February 2018, Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska presented new pan-European research projects funded under the research strand of the European Defence Fund. A grant of around €35 million will go to the project Ocean2020 which supports maritime surveillance and interdiction missions at sea and to that end will integrate drones and unmanned submarines into fleet operations. The information acquired will be combined with conventional systems to build up a comprehensive picture of developing situations for military commanders. Three other projects that aim to improve soldiers' equipment were each awarded grants in the range of €1 to 3 million.

The European Defence Fund was launched in June 2017 aiming at stengthening EU defence industry. Under the research strand of the European Defence Fund, €90 million will be allocated to defence research grants directly funded from the EU budget (2017-2019).

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