European Defence Agency (EDA) and Leonardo signed grant agreement today for OCEAN2020, the first ever cross-European military research program, in consortium with Cybernetica in order to boost European defence capability with next-generation naval surveillance technology. The program adjoins partners from 15 countries and is set to last for two years with the first operational demonstration taking place in 2019 in the Mediterranean Sea.
OCEAN2020 is issued by the European Union under the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) programme and is the first initiative of European Defence Fund. Cybernetica is the only participating company from Estonia, chosen from 180 organisations across Europe.
According to the Ministry of Defence of Estonia OCEAN2020 is a historic milestone for the European Security and Defence Policy. „European Defence Fund has an ambition to reshape the landscape of innovation and competitiveness of European Defence industry. Having Estonian company as a part of winning consortia is clearly a good news, but even more so – a manifest of state-of-the-art capabilities of Estonian industry.“
„We are highly proud of this result, as the project carries immense strategic value for the whole region,“ says Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO of Cybernetica. „OCEAN2020 is set to boost Europe’s defence capabilities and the participation of Cybernetica emphasises the level of Estonian defence industry. We are glad for the strong collaboration between all the 42 consortium partners, but particularly grateful over the cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of Estonia.“
OCEAN2020 is set to boost technological research in the naval domain to establish next-generation naval surveillance technology. The project will see unmanned platforms of different types integrated with naval units’ command and control centres, allowing for data exchange via satellite, with command and control centres on land. In addition to complex simulations, the project involves two live demonstrations of maritime surveillance and interdiction operations, the first scheduled to take place in 2019, coordinated by Italian Navy.