The European Defence Fund (EDF) has determined that existing Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology faces limitations in dealing with military-grade UAS, including loitering munitions, as well as swarms and flocks of drones. Additionally, the emergence of new threats in the short to medium term, along with the increasing use of advanced cellular networks (e.g., 4G, 5G, or beyond), poses challenges regarding speed and immediacy in aircraft and control station communication.

While some C-UAS systems may effectively address a range of UAS threats, the costs associated with engaging and countering large-scale attacks can be prohibitive. This calls for the continuous development and advancement of C-UAS solutions to address these evolving challenges effectively.

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

1. Consolidate and validate doctrine and CONOPS for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS).
2. Develop a comprehensive C-UAS capability for the European Union (EU) and associated countries in the EDF.
3. Reduce the minimum reaction time compared to current systems.
4. Enhance situation awareness and protection of critical areas and strategic assets.
5. Ensure interoperability with existing security and defense systems for seamless integration with current monitoring systems.
6. Increase the effectiveness of C-UAS technologies/systems to better counter current and future UAS threats, including using MOTS UAS and swarms.

The deadline date for this opportunity is November 22, 2023 at 17:00 Brussels time.

For more information on this opportunity, visit – Funding and Tender Opportunities- Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems.

European Defence Fund

The European Defence Fund complements and amplifies Member States’ endeavors, fostering cooperation among companies and research entities of all sizes and geographical origins within the Union. Its primary objective is advancing research and development in cutting-edge, interoperable defense technology and equipment. The Fund facilitates competitive and collaborative projects across the entire research and development cycle, to significantly enhance the European defense capability and industrial landscape.