Elettronica continues its successful path in European Defense programs, which began in 2017 with the participation in the calls of the PADR (Preparatory Action Defense Research) and then with the EDIDP (European Defense Industrial Development Program) starting from 2019.
This year, as part of the EDIDP 2020, Elettronica has seen its commitment to two major projects approved by the European Union rewarded.
The CARMENTA project, which sees Elettronica as the coordinator of a large consortium made up of fourteen European defense players, such as Leonardo, Thales, Indra, Airbus Helicopters Espana, Airbus Defense and Space, Airbus DE, Hensoldt Sensors, Safran, MBDA, SAAB, TERMA, DA Group, BPTI, representing eight different European nations: Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Finland.
CARMENTA aims to design the next generation of Self Protection Systems (SPS), both for fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms, capable of dealing with a wide and heterogeneous spectrum of current and evolving threats through different contrast capabilities. It will use artificial intelligence and cognitive behavior to support the operation of the system in a complex environment, will be based on open architecture and international standards to allow easy integration into existing and future platforms and for the implementation of new technologies.
The approval was achieved with an excellent result, reaching the maximum on evaluation criteria such as “Excellence, Innovation, Competitiveness and Growth”. The value of the Grant is also approximately € 8.1 million.
The JEY-CUAS (Joint European sYstem for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems) project sees Elettronica engaged as a partner company of a consortium coordinated by Leonardo for the development of a new generation European system for the discovery and contrast to the threat of drones, with the goal of strengthening the reaction capacity towards emerging threats of micro and mini drones.
“The grants obtained for the EDIDP 2020 projects represent an important success for Elettronica, of which we are very proud, in particular the Carmenta project which saw our company as leader. The next few years will see us committed to continuing to play a leading role in the European defense scenario. We work to bring our seventy years of experience and credibility to community projects, which will be the driving force for the growth of our company and the entire country, with a valuable contribution that points to technological excellence and continuous innovation. ” The words of Domitilla Benigni, CEO and COO of Elettronica.