Weapons, Europe invests almost one billion in those of the future

Then there are 25 million euros for automatic image resolution, with algorithms dedicated to the identification of new weapons systems, distributed processing, on sensors, to reduce the flow of information and common databases for the training of artificial intelligence. In the absence of images representing future threats, the Union accepts its use “hybrid or synthetic images. Another 25 million are related to anti-personnel mine and other explosive technologies.

Innovative modules for radio frequency systems, which improve the transmission of information, 20 million funds are available, which should also support the development of a European and Norwegian industrial chain, freeing the old continent from the introduction of strategic elements. But 20 million go to innovative fabrics, able to withstand environmental pressures (for example, a warmer climate) or are equipped with sensors to interact with the external environment or with the soldier’s bodyfor example by constantly monitoring vital signs and psychological state.

NATO raises $ 1 billion to fund start-ups and cutting-edge technologies

In the starting blocks are Diana, the Alliance accelerator and an Innovation Fund. Artificial intelligence, biotechnology, quantum computers, space and cyberspace are the focus of investment. Centers for testing new technologies were selected in Italy

The Union is also looking for its programs research on drones, autonomous vehicles and surgical robots, specifically to assist soldiers affected by chemical, bacteriological, or nuclear attacks, remove them from the line of fire, or conduct remote operations. There are 25 million euros on the plate.

To make submarine vehicle components more sustainable, the fund is disbursing 20 million. Specifically, the request focuses on lead-titanium zirconium replacementused for sonar and other underwater technologies, but extremely polluting. Then there are 30 million for future threat simulation systems, 54 million for small and medium-sized enterprises and 25 million for scattered activities.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the United States, Joe Biden
The great technological alliance between Europe and the United States

Washington and Brussels want to coordinate efforts on common standards and technology projects, from 6G to artificial intelligence, focusing on China. An agreement that, however, has many obstacles

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had already announced one last year European strategy for the creation of a European defense market, able to contain the ever-increasing cost of technology used for security reasons and, above all, reduce dependence on third countries. In February 2021, at the request of the European Council, a committee chaired by the Italian rapporteur Maurizio Mensi drafted the European research and development strategy in this area.

The aim is to make the Union as independent as possible, but at the same time interoperable with NATO countries. Following the continuing decline in defense investment, in 2007 Member States agreed to strengthen the industrial and technological base. As stated in the Commission Communication to the European Parliament, collective expenditure on defense innovation however – now at 1.2%, for a total of 2.5 billion euros – »continue to stay behind the 2% target “ founded by NATO.

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Europe puts an end to exports of cyber surveillance technologies

According to the latest communiqué sent by the committee in May, funding for dual-use technologies (the so-called dual use). According European Regulation 821 of 2021dual-use items are “products, including software and technologies, which may have a civilian and military use“And for which every European company wishing to export them must obtain a special permit from the authorities.

On the one hand, the Union wants to watch more closely what the products do dual use. At the same time, however, the Vice-President of the Commission, Margaret Vestager, said that “As more and more civilian technologies begin to be applied in the military context, the new wave of security and defense technologies will have to be developed from the outset in an EU cooperation framework.The European market, on the other hand, is very fragmented at national level and not very competitive. Only this year a critical technology observatory should, among other things, identify the possible application of defense technologies in both the civilian and military sectors and vice versa and analyze the relevant value and supply chain (market analysis). Small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups will be at the heart of the project, in the wake of what they themselves are doing Born with his Diana program, which has a billion in cash and a financing program for innovative companies in Europe as well.

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