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COSME web-platform tutorial


31 oct. 2016 EU Defence Agency

 

This tutorial briefly introduces the opportunities of the EU COSME Programme for defence-related SMEs and clusters.

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EDA News review for industry - July/August 2016

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News of the News

 

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Great success for Pilot Project on defence research: EDA has received 21 submissions in response to the “Call for Proposals for the Pilot Project on defence research” coming from 20 countries, covering all the activities and involving a wide diversity of stakeholders such as large groups, Intermediate Size companies, SMEs, Research & technology organisations, academia. The objective is to award grant agreements for a total value of €1.4 million for two technological development projects and one R&D project.

General Information

EUGS: At the European Council on 28 June 2016, Federica Mogherini (Head of the Agency, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission) presented to the Heads of State and Governments the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) on foreign and security policy.

 

 

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The 2015 version of the Common Military List of the European Union was published on 21st June 2016 in the Official Journal

Support to Industry

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EDA ‘COSME platform’ is now online: If you are a defence-related Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) or a defence-related cluster, you might have access to EU COSME Programme opportunities. Seek your opportunities through the following link: www.eda.europa.eu/cosme

 

 

EDSTAR: Two technical domain will start to be explored in September 2016: Range Interoperability and Blast Effects. Interested industries are invited to participate by registering to philippe.cambraye@eda.europa.eu. The old EDSIS and EDSTAR platform engine will soon be modernized to be more user friendly.

 

 

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EDA and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) cooperation yields first concrete results: Joint efforts by EDA and the EEN to support dual-use SMEs led to a first concrete result when the Dutch SME IC3D Media, presented by EEN, was allowed to participate in the EDA’s R&T expert cell (CapTech) dedicated to ‘System of systems, Battlelab and Modelling & Simulation’.

 

 

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On 21 June, EDA gathered for the first time the newly selected SME Senior Advisers, Mr Francisco González Mené and Mr Dušan Švarc. Their role is to counsel EDA regarding future activities and identify new potential ideas and concrete initiatives in support of the defence-related SMEs.

Outcome of EDA studies

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Read the Executive Summary of the short study on Industrial Analysis for opportunities derived from the collaborative database (CODABA) in the field of CBRN Individual Protection equipment.

 

 

Your Opinion is interesting for EDA

Market survey on Role 1 and/or 2 services: To inform various stakeholders, EDA launches a market survey to better understand the range of commercially available solutions, which could fulfil possible future requirements for Role 1 and/or 2 services for EU military operations and civilian missions. Do not hesitate to respond to the survey.

Feedback from EDA meetings

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Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS): In June, for the first time, industry representatives attended a plenary meeting of the CF SEDSS in Dublin, aiming at building up a European Defence Energy Network. As their contributions were much appreciated, it is foreseen to invite industry representatives again for specific topics of the next plenary meeting in November 2016. Please find all relevant information on the EDEN website, including how to register for participating to the Consultation Forum and attend next meeting.

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More than 70 representatives from Member States, industry and EU institutions gathered on 28 June for the workshop “Opportunities for Dual-Use Technologies – Components” organised by the European Defence Agency, the European Commission, the ECSEL JU. Importance of cooperation between defence, space & civil research has been highlighted.

Industry Network

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DSCN: Numbers of NDIAS participated to the Defence Supply Chain Network (DSCN) meeting in EDA on 27 June 2016 to discuss EDAP and PA. Following presentations from EC, EDA and industry representatives a lively debate followed to discuss the industrial views related to these two major initiatives. Interesting information was shared such as EDA informing industry on the Member States’ preferred topics for the Technology Demonstrator and Critical Defence Technologies types of projects of the PA that were forwarded to EC. All NDIAs are members of the permanent network and have received the presentations given on that day.

     

 

 

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News review for Industry  Edition 3 - March 2016


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News review for Industry         Edition 3 - March 2016

Business Opportunities

Call for Tender for the EDA Study on the impact of REACH and CLP European Chemical Regulations on the defence sector (governmental and industrial stakeholders).

Places to be: workshops, events, exhibitions …

Test & Evaluation Community Days conference in Vienna: The European DTEB Community meets every three years at the European Test & Evaluation Community Days Conference (TECD). Europe’s government Test Centres, T&E Directors, and European Defence Technology Industry Base (DTIB) representatives meet to exchange information, learn from each other and initiate new T&E Projects, and create strategic networks. The next TECD is envisaged to take place in 2017 in Vienna. More details will be released soon.

 

 

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EDA R&T conference on 25 & 26 April 2016: During the Netherlands Presidency of the EU, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with the European Defence Agency (EDA), will organise the seminar “Setting priorities for Research and Technology (R&T) in Europe to prepare the future together”. Keep posted on the EDA website for further information

Tools of the Month

Handbook for Defence Related SMEs: The objective of this handbook is to provide defence-related SMEs with simple, smart and short advice on how to get easier access to the defence market. The content covers four main areas: Access to Defence Procurement, Access to Defence Supply Chain, Access to Finance and Support to Innovation.

News about Innovation

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Report of the Group of Personalities on the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research: In 2015, the European Commission invited key personalities from European industry, government, the European Parliament and academia to advise it on establishing a Preparatory Action on Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)-related research ….

 

 

Enhanced RPAS Automation (ERA) project: The European Defence Agency (EDA) and an industrial consortium led by Airbus Defence and Space have launched a new project to contribute to the integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into common airspace in Europe.

Hot spot on specific issues

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Informal meeting with energy industry representatives and EDA Energy and Environment Working Group (EnE WG) on 31 March 2016: Industry representatives are invited to highlight their products of interest to Energy in Defence and to offer solutions to existing challenges facing the Defence Sector with a focus on Deployed Camps for this initial meeting. The main objective of is to examine the benefit that can be derived for the EnE WG from engaging in a structured way with industry and to create an industry group which would participate in future selected meetings.

 

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Brussels - 18 May, 2015 European Defence Agency
 

Defence Ministers today formalised their contribution in view of the European Council at the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency (EDA). It complements the contributions from the High Representative /Head of Agency Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Bieńkowska. Among others, Ministers agreed on analysing the implications of hybrid warfare for European defence capability development, on further incentivising defence cooperation including the Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research, on a SME Action Plan, on potential basic principles, objectives and actions for a Security of Supply regime as well as future priorities of the Agency. 

 

Capability development

During today’s meeting, Defence Ministers welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of the 2013 European Council Conclusions. The four capability programmes on Air-to-Air Refuelling, Cyber Defence, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Governmental Satellite Communications endorsed by the European Council in 2013 are making good progress in line with their roadmaps. 

Cooperative programmes are important for enhancing capabilities in Europe, but also for clarifying priorities for industry. Defence Ministers agreed that potential additional priority capability areas could be investigated using the Agency’s Capability Development Plan, an assessment of cooperative opportunities derived from the Collaborative Database (CODABA) and EU wider policies. 

The Agency was also tasked to conduct an analysis of the implications of hybrid warfare for European defence capability development in light of the changed security environment to the East and South. The analysis might form part of wider efforts, co-ordinated by the External Action Service and also including the Commission, to analyse the impact of hybrid warfare on the European security environment and to identify, and recommend improvements to existing EU tools and instruments that are best suited to counter this threat.

 

Incentives for defence cooperation

While Member States spent 26% of their defence equipment budget in collaborative procurement in 2011, this ratio was 16% in 2013. There is a need to spend better on defence, and to do more together. 

Defence Ministers today confirmed the need for  EDA to work on  non-market distorting fiscal and financial measures to further incentivise defence cooperation. Tangible progress has been achieved on VAT exemption for ad hoc projects in EDA, with the support of the Commission and the Belgian authorities. Three pilot cases currently benefit from VAT exemption. Formalisation of this VAT exemption is pending the currently ongoing review of the EDA Council Decision.

EDA is investigating with Member States financial engineering mechanisms in support of defence cooperation, including a potential European investment fund for defence, for example to improve the availability of funds and the synchronisation of budgets allocated to cooperative programmes. This fund could be part of the pooled procurement mechanism. In addition, EDA has initiated contacts with the European Investment Bank to investigate potential financial support to the industrial sector and cooperative programmes of a dual-use nature.

In November 2014 the EDA proposed and Member States approved a Policy Framework for long-term and systematic cooperation. Its objective is to provide a coherent basis for defence cooperation in Europe, from priority-setting through in-service support to disposal/decommissioning.

 

Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research

There is a need to halt the continuing decline in investment of defence R&T and maintain competence in areas of critical technologies. The Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research, and its potential follow-on action in the next Multiannual Financial Framework, could provide fresh impetus. Ministers of Defence supported the progress achieved towards the development of the Preparatory Action by the European Defence Agency and the European Commission in close cooperation with the Member States.  They endorsed consolidated views pushing for a defence-oriented and CSDP-related Preparatory Action. The European Council in June 2015 is expected to provide further guidance. 

 

SME Action Plan

Defence Ministers furthermore agreed on revised guidelines for facilitating access to the defence market for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), supporting the implementation of the  Agency’s SME Action Plan. SMEs are considered to be the backbone of the EU economy in terms of jobs creation, growth and innovation. The role of SMEs in the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) has gradually increased over time, partly as a result of greater outsourcing. The non-binding guidelines were prepared in close cooperation with the Member States and the European Commission. They contain recommendations dedicated to access to supply chain, access to finance, support to innovation, competitiveness and industrial performance, and security of supply aspects. 

 

Security of Supply

Security of Supply arrangements are indispensable for the sustainment of operations, the development of long-term planning and cooperation, and the functioning of the internal market for defence. The December 2013 European Council called on the Commission to develop with Member States and in cooperation with the High Representative and the EDA a roadmap for a comprehensive EU-wide Security of Supply regime, which takes account of the globalised nature of critical supply chains. Due to the significance and multi-dimensional nature of the Security of Supply and taking into account experience gained from its work and activities, the EDA has together with its Member States identified potential basic principles and objectives of such a  regime as well as actions that could be taken at the intergovernmental level. Proposed actions include establishing specific measures to ensure access  to critical capabilities and technologies, e.g. through an early-warning or prioritisation mechanism, developing a mechanism to address concrete short term shortfalls, promoting cross-border cooperation, and bringing the supply and demand side closer together, for example through user-clubs.

 

Future priorities of EDA 

Ministers of Defence today endorsed the future priorities of the EDA including three core activities to further strengthen defence cooperation: support the development of capabilities and military cooperation; stimulate defence R&T to prepare the capabilities of tomorrow and support the EDTIB; and ensure that the interests and specificities of defence are taken into account in wider EU policies.

Under the authority of Federica Mogherini, the Head of the Agency, EDA is a key instrument for supporting and facilitating defence cooperation in Europe. EDA’s strength is that it is Member State-owned and -driven. To date, EDA has managed around 150 R&T projects with a total aggregate budget of almost €500m. 

 

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Outcome of the EDA Steering Board

 

Brussels - 18 May, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

 

Defence Ministers today formalised their contribution in view of the European Council at the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency (EDA). It complements the contributions from the High Representative /Head of Agency Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Bieńkowska. Among others, Ministers agreed on analysing the implications of hybrid warfare for European defence capability development, on further incentivising defence cooperation including the Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research, on a SME Action Plan, on potential basic principles, objectives and actions for a Security of Supply regime as well as future priorities of the Agency. 

 

Capability development

During today’s meeting, Defence Ministers welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of the 2013 European Council Conclusions. The four capability programmes on Air-to-Air Refuelling, Cyber Defence, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Governmental Satellite Communications endorsed by the European Council in 2013 are making good progress in line with their roadmaps. 

Cooperative programmes are important for enhancing capabilities in Europe, but also for clarifying priorities for industry. Defence Ministers agreed that potential additional priority capability areas could be investigated using the Agency’s Capability Development Plan, an assessment of cooperative opportunities derived from the Collaborative Database (CODABA) and EU wider policies. 

The Agency was also tasked to conduct an analysis of the implications of hybrid warfare for European defence capability development in light of the changed security environment to the East and South. The analysis might form part of wider efforts, co-ordinated by the External Action Service and also including the Commission, to analyse the impact of hybrid warfare on the European security environment and to identify, and recommend improvements to existing EU tools and instruments that are best suited to counter this threat.

 

Incentives for defence cooperation

While Member States spent 26% of their defence equipment budget in collaborative procurement in 2011, this ratio was 16% in 2013. There is a need to spend better on defence, and to do more together. 

Defence Ministers today confirmed the need for  EDA to work on  non-market distorting fiscal and financial measures to further incentivise defence cooperation. Tangible progress has been achieved on VAT exemption for ad hoc projects in EDA, with the support of the Commission and the Belgian authorities. Three pilot cases currently benefit from VAT exemption. Formalisation of this VAT exemption is pending the currently ongoing review of the EDA Council Decision.

EDA is investigating with Member States financial engineering mechanisms in support of defence cooperation, including a potential European investment fund for defence, for example to improve the availability of funds and the synchronisation of budgets allocated to cooperative programmes. This fund could be part of the pooled procurement mechanism. In addition, EDA has initiated contacts with the European Investment Bank to investigate potential financial support to the industrial sector and cooperative programmes of a dual-use nature.

In November 2014 the EDA proposed and Member States approved a Policy Framework for long-term and systematic cooperation. Its objective is to provide a coherent basis for defence cooperation in Europe, from priority-setting through in-service support to disposal/decommissioning.

 

Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research

There is a need to halt the continuing decline in investment of defence R&T and maintain competence in areas of critical technologies. The Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research, and its potential follow-on action in the next Multiannual Financial Framework, could provide fresh impetus. Ministers of Defence supported the progress achieved towards the development of the Preparatory Action by the European Defence Agency and the European Commission in close cooperation with the Member States.  They endorsed consolidated views pushing for a defence-oriented and CSDP-related Preparatory Action. The European Council in June 2015 is expected to provide further guidance. 

 

SME Action Plan

Defence Ministers furthermore agreed on revised guidelines for facilitating access to the defence market for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), supporting the implementation of the  Agency’s SME Action Plan. SMEs are considered to be the backbone of the EU economy in terms of jobs creation, growth and innovation. The role of SMEs in the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) has gradually increased over time, partly as a result of greater outsourcing. The non-binding guidelines were prepared in close cooperation with the Member States and the European Commission. They contain recommendations dedicated to access to supply chain, access to finance, support to innovation, competitiveness and industrial performance, and security of supply aspects. 

 

Security of Supply

Security of Supply arrangements are indispensable for the sustainment of operations, the development of long-term planning and cooperation, and the functioning of the internal market for defence. The December 2013 European Council called on the Commission to develop with Member States and in cooperation with the High Representative and the EDA a roadmap for a comprehensive EU-wide Security of Supply regime, which takes account of the globalised nature of critical supply chains. Due to the significance and multi-dimensional nature of the Security of Supply and taking into account experience gained from its work and activities, the EDA has together with its Member States identified potential basic principles and objectives of such a  regime as well as actions that could be taken at the intergovernmental level. Proposed actions include establishing specific measures to ensure access  to critical capabilities and technologies, e.g. through an early-warning or prioritisation mechanism, developing a mechanism to address concrete short term shortfalls, promoting cross-border cooperation, and bringing the supply and demand side closer together, for example through user-clubs.

 

Future priorities of EDA 

Ministers of Defence today endorsed the future priorities of the EDA including three core activities to further strengthen defence cooperation: support the development of capabilities and military cooperation; stimulate defence R&T to prepare the capabilities of tomorrow and support the EDTIB; and ensure that the interests and specificities of defence are taken into account in wider EU policies.

Under the authority of Federica Mogherini, the Head of the Agency, EDA is a key instrument for supporting and facilitating defence cooperation in Europe. EDA’s strength is that it is Member State-owned and -driven. To date, EDA has managed around 150 R&T projects with a total aggregate budget of almost €500m. 

 

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The European Investment Bank could help meet some of the challenges facing Europe’s struggling defence industry

 

July 10th, 2014 by Daniel Fiott * EUROPP Blog

 

European countries face significant challenges in funding defence research and development programmes. Among the most important are declining defence budgets, fierce international competition, and the increasingly expensive nature of high-end technologies. Daniel Fiott argues that the European Investment Bank could play a much greater role in Europe’s defence sector and serve as a life-line to defence research and development, dual-use projects and small and medium sized enterprises.

 

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* Daniel Fiott is a Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) PhD scholar at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where his research focuses on the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base. In 2013 he became a Senior Editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy. He is widely published on defence-industrial cooperation at the European-level.

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Vassilis Tsiamis, Project Officer, EDA

Vassilis Tsiamis, Project Officer, EDA

 

Brussels - 27 May, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

The EDA has successfully supported Member States in accessing European Structural Funds (ESF) for dual-use research and development technologies.

 

In February 2014 “Project Turtle” – a proposal from a consortium of Portuguese small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and universities to research ascent and descent energy-efficient technologies for robotic underwater vehicles – became the first of seven dual-use research initiatives supported by the EDA to access European Structural Funds (ESF).

ESF are financial instruments that provide for “the implementation of EU Cohesion Policy to reinforce economic and social cohesion within the EU”. The potential benefits for Europe’s defence industry is considerable from accessing this  source of finance are considerable .The new programming period, 2014-2020, contains more than €379 billion in European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), one of the ESF funds under which research and innovation ac­tivities can be supported. According to Vassilis Tsiamis, who manages the ESF project within EDA nobody had, until recently, seriously considered the application of this type of funding for dual-use research and technology (R&T). “The real issue was to challenge the perception of eligibility,” he said. “It wasn’t just a question of ‘can do’ – but much more a question of can we do it, and what, precisely, is it that we can do?”

 

Increasingly dual nature of technology

The starting point has been recognition of the increasingly dual nature of technology and the significant potential that exists for synergies between civil and defence research. Energy, telecommunications, information technology, automotive and materials technologies, space, aeronautics and the chemicals industry provide examples of the potential benefits accruing to a wide variety of defence and civil applications. So why not use the facility afforded by ESF to recognise some of these benefits, the EDA asked?

A new EU innovation policy concept called the Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) has been developed to promote the more effective use of public investment in research at a regional EU level.  Regional - and in a few cases national - authorities have been asked to identify the unique characteristics, assets and capabilities of their respective regions to focus policy support and investment channelled through ESF.

 

Supporting the regions

Including Croatia, there are some 273 identified EU regions, with almost 500 managing authorities directing the use of ESF.  When the EDA put out a call for proposals for the use of ESF in development of dual-use technologies in 2013, it received 72 proposals from 12 Member States. Of these, the Agency decided to support seven as initial pilot cases. From Bulgaria came a proposal for the improvement of urban security and defence applications through use of advanced sensor systems, while from Poland an intruder-detection and collision avoidance system for aircraft has been proposed. A French consortium has offered a Europe-wide icing testing platform for aeronautics, while an industry proposal in the United Kingdom has put forward a project in Epitaxial Microwave technology – a critical capability for improving radar performance in both civil and military applications. From Spain came a proposal for the development of an underwater signature monitoring and analysis centre, while from Germany an adaptation of short wave infrared (SWIR) technology for high resolution hyper-spectral and imaging applications has been suggested. The seventh proposal, from Portugal, became the first of these pilot cases to reach a sufficiently mature level to win. It is important to recognise the fact these proposals have come from project holders in the various nations, and are not official ‘national’ project proposals.

 

Ensuring we have the expertise

“The first priority has been to acquire the expertise within the Agency and share it with the managers in the Ministries of Defence and then to arrange for in-depth knowledge transfer and capacity building with industry,” said Tsiamis. Four seminars have already been held – in Bulgaria, Ireland, Poland and Portugal – aimed at increasing awareness of the opportunity and the methodology of successfully applying for supportive funding. Engaging the community – both governmental and industrial – and building capacity within that community to be able to benefit from this innovative approach to stemming the decreasing investment in defence-related R&T has been a key priority for Tsiamis and his colleagues throughout the process.

 

Benefits for SMEs

“It’s important to recognise we are not creating process and we are not looking for more structural funds. What we are doing is helping defence actors to address these projects and to develop the application folders, ensuring the responsible authorities (in each region or nation) recognise the benefits SMEs can bring to the process and ensuring that the projects selected to move forward reflect the larger priorities of the EU,” said Tsiamis.

“The way forward is for more pilot projects and more seminars, offering pragmatic advice and support, not simply explaining theoretical policies. We are now training EDA project officers – approximately 15 of them – and are looking at possibilities in key EDA prioritised areas such as space, the cyber domain, maritime security, energy efficiency and remote piloted aerial systems (RPAS)  - as examples of what we can do from a positive and concrete results perspective,” said Tsiamis.

“Industry follows the money, and we are convinced there are enough significant opportunities for industry to recognise that engaging in this programme will have tangible and measurable results on its R&T activities,” said Tsiamis. He said that one of the new actions the Agency will be following during 2014 is to assess the degree to which European Territorial Cooperation on dual-use technology projects can be part of cross-border programmes financed by the European Regional Development Fund  (ERDF), to create an even larger pot of financial resources on which to draw.

EDA’s programme commitment to exploiting these opportunities currently has a three year timescale. “Looked at from all directions, we are in a win/win situation here – we’re supporting SMEs, we’re supporting regional research and technology development while simultaneously stimulating dual-use research, we’re supporting EU policy and most importantly, we’re conforming with the EU Common Security and Defence  Policy (CSDP) key priorities, as adopted by December 2013 EU Council conclusions ,” said Tsiamis. The Agency’s role in this can be seen as one of being a facilitator, encouraging SMEs in particular to come forward with innovative proposals and providing assistance and support in the process of applying for funding that will see those proposals come to fruition.  “The message is simple,” said Tsiamis. “We’re here to help – we can reduce hesitations – come talk to us!”

 

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Le dispositif Pacte Défense PME 18 mois après son lancement - Mardi 20 mai

 

source Association des entreprises partenaires de la Défense

 

L’Association des entreprises partenaires de la Défense organise une soirée destinée à faire le point sur le dispositif Pacte Défense PME :

 

mardi 20 mai 2014 de 18 heures 30 à 20 heures 30

à l'Ecole militaire à Paris

 

Pacte Défense PME décline en 40 actions la stratégie globale du ministère de la Défense en faveur du développement des PME et ETI de tous les secteurs d’activité : armement, soutien des matériels et achats courants (infrastructures, fournitures, services...).

 

Destinée aux dirigeants et responsables de PME et ETI, cette soirée permettra notamment de présenter les engagements du Pacte et les conditions de mise en œuvre associées.

 

Elle sera ouverte par le député Gwendal Rouillard, secrétaire de la commission de la défense nationale et des forces armées de l’Assemblée nationale.

 

L’inscription est gratuite, mais obligatoire, avant le 15 mai. Vous recevrez deux messages de confirmation, dont un quelques jours avant la manifestation.

Contact : contact@entreprisespartenairesdeladefense.fr

 

 

L’instruction ministérielle Pacte Défense PME

L’interview d’Arnaud Marois, délégué aux PME et PMI auprès du ministre de la Défense, dans Entreprises & Défense, la Lettre de l’Association des entreprises partenaires de la Défense

 

 

Association Loi 1901, l’Association des entreprises partenaires du de la Défense a pour objet le développement des relations entre les entreprises et la Défense. Elle organise de nombreuses activités et est à l’origine du « Prix de la reconversion des militaires » prix annuel placé sous le Haut patronage du ministre de la Défense. Tous les collaborateurs de l’Association sont bénévoles. Les seules ressources sont les cotisations versées par les entreprises adhérentes.

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First EDA Supported Dual-Use Project Receives European Structural Funds

Brussels - 06 February, 2014 EU Defence Agency

 

The Portuguese authority managing European Structural Funds has recently confirmed the acceptance of the “TURTLE” project, financing around 60% of the total project budget. TURTLE is the first of seven dual-use research initiatives supported by the European Defence Agency to access European Structural Funds (ESF). It aims at developing key enabling technologies for a sustainable and long term presence in the ocean. 

 

The European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Commission (EC) coordinate their research efforts in the areas of defence and security: the use of existing EU supporting tools and funds for dual-use research projects is a means to promote innovation in Europe while retaining key technological and industrial capabilities. EDA  facilitates and supports access to dual-use R&T projects. The TURTLE project was developed by a consortium of Portuguese SMEs, research institutes and universities. Its aim is to produce new robotic ascend and descent energy efficient technologies to be incorporated in robotic vehicles used by civil and military stakeholders for underwater operations. In the defence sector, the technology will allow underwater unmanned marine systems and robotics to operate at lower cost and added capabilities. The Portuguese authorities now decided to co-finance TURTLE with around €770.000 (around 60% of the total project costs) through the ESF. 
 

EDA Support to Projects

The main objectives of EDA’s work on ESF are to raise awareness among Ministries of Defence and defence industry, with special focus on defence related SMEs, as regards the use of ESF; so far a series of dedicated workshops in different countries have been organised; EDA also identifies  and supports eligible pilot projects in R&T priorities and industrial capabilities for the European Structural Funds; and is developing a methodology to be used by the Ministries of Defence and defence industry to increase eligibility for future projects.

In terms of concrete support to projects, twelve Member States submitted 72 project proposals for screening. The Agency provided free-of-charge guidance and support to 44 projects and selected seven pilot projects (from Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Portugal, France, UK and Spain) which were actively assisted in the development of the application folders. Out of the selected projects, two applications have been successfully submitted by the project holders to the national managing authorities for co-funding, while the rest will be submitted during the new financial framework 2014-2020. The Portuguese project “TURTLE” is the first EDA supported project for which a decision on funding has been taken.
 

Stimulating Dual-Use Technologies

The European Council of 19 December 2013 underlined the importance of stimulating dual-use research and support to SMEs. Embedded in the Agency’s Action Plan on SMEs, the Agency’s support for dual-use research projects is of concrete benefit for initiators. EDA will continue working with stakeholders to access European Structural Funds in 2014 in proposing a systematic approach, taking advantage of the programming period 2014-2020. Moreover the Agency will organise seminars in Member States with the participation of government, industry and research centers to mobilise stakeholders to apply for ESF for dual use R&T projects. Upon a second call, EDA will select additional projects to support the development of application folders focusing on identified priority areas such as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, space, energy efficiency, or cyber defence. 
 

Actors

TURTLE is developed by the following entities:

  • Silva Matos Metalomecanica S.A (Small-Medium Enterprise): The main promoter, responsible for all mechanical and market introduction; 

  • INESC PORTO (Technology & Science Laboratory): Responsible with ISEP for the robotization of the TURTLE project; 

  • ISEP (School of Engineering, Porto Polytechnic Institute) and 

  • CINAV (Portuguese Navy Research Center): responsible to develop acoustic detection adapted to the solution and demonstrate the use in security application. 

 

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EDA Assists Dual-Use Projects to Access Funding

 

Brussels - 18 December, 2013 European Defence Agency

 

The European Defence Agency (EDA) together with the European Commission (EC) support industries and institutes active in dual-use research to access European Structural Funds (ESF), with special focus on SMEs. Recently, seven projects have been selected according to technical eligibility criteria and R&T priorities and assisted in the application process.

 

EDA and EC coordinate their research efforts in the areas of defence and security. Moreover, exploiting existing EU supporting tools and funds for dual-use research projects is a means to promote innovation in the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) while retaining key technological and industrial capabilities in Europe.  EDA’s work on ESF analyses the potential of accessing ESF for dual-use R&T projects and to provide interested stakeholders with a methodology to do so.

SMEs are the backbone of the European economy with more than 20 million SMEs in the EU representing 99% of business. European SMEs often develop dual-use goods or services in a wide range of industries: energy, telecom and ICT, automotive, material, chemical, aeronautics and space etc. Innovation in the supply chain depends massively on SMEs, which are a key enabler for future industrial competiveness. EDA consequently developed and currently implements an SME Action Plan with a menu of supporting measures including facilitating access to ESF.  

“The main goal of EDA’s Action Plan on SMEs is to ensure that key technical and industrial priorities are developed and maintained in Europe. In a climate of budget constraints, we need to efficiently use existing EU instruments to harness synergies for civil-military research”, said Claude-France Arnould during a press briefing on 12 December. Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG Enterprise and Industry at the European Commission added at the same occasion that cross-fertilisation between civil and defence was an increasingly important factor for the future of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base. The European Commission thus encouraged and promoted civil-military synergies. 

 

Awareness, project support & methodoloy

The main objectives of EDA’s work on ESF are to raise awareness among Ministries of Defence and defence industry as regards the use of ESF and a series of dedicated workshops in different countries have been organised so far; to identify and support eligible pilot projects in R&T and industrial capabilities for the European Structural Funds; and to develop a methodology to be used by the Ministries of Defence to increase eligibility for future projects.

In terms of concrete support to projects, twelve Member States submitted 72 project proposals for screening. While the Agency provided guidance and support to 44 projects, it selected seven pilot projects (from Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Portugal, France, UK and Spain) which were actively assisted in the development of the application folders. Out of the selected projects, two applications have been successfully submitted by the project holders to the national managing authorities for co-funding, while the rest will be submitted during the current or the next financial framework 2014-2020.

Janusz Michalcewicz, CEO of the Polish SME EUROTECH which applied for project funding for developing an airborne collision avoidance system for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Very Light Aircraft in low-altitude airspace based on numerical image processing, confirmed during the press briefing that access to additional funding was essential for innovative dual-use research. He highlighted that the necessary administrative procedures to access ESF pose a heavy burden on SMEs. The support provided by the EDA and the Polish Ministry of Defence was therefore essential for his company to proceed with the research.

 

Next steps

ESF has the potential to become an additional source of funding research and innovation dual-use projects in the field of security and defence. After an experimental phase in 2013, EDA will promote a more systematic approach in support of Member States, taking advantage of the programming period 2014-2020.

 

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Système de chenilles militaires - photo Soucy

Système de chenilles militaires - photo Soucy

L'entreprise BAE, qui convoite un contrat de 2 milliards portant sur l'achat de 108 chars d'assaut, a annoncé dans le passé qu'elle retenait la société Soucy, de Drummondville, pour la fabrication des chenilles en caoutchouc.

 

15 novembre André Dubuc - La Presse

 

Des multinationales de l'industrie militaire multiplient les rencontres avec des fournisseurs québécois en vue d'étoffer le contenu canadien de leur soumission aux appels d'offres de la Défense nationale.

 

Des entreprises comme BAE Systems Hägglunds AB, Oshkosh Defense et la division défense de Mercedes-Benz Canada ont toutes participé en octobre à la 7e journée Donneurs d'ordres/Fournisseurs organisée par Sous-Traitance Industrielle Québec (STIQ), une association d'entreprises manufacturières.

 

STIQ recevait hier le ministre fédéral responsable de l'Agence de développement économique du Canada pour les régions du Québec, Denis Lebel, qui lui a confirmé hier l'octroi d'une subvention de fonctionnement de 1,6 million de dollars en trois ans.

 

Le ministre Lebel a profité de son passage dans la région de Montréal pour consentir une aide remboursable de 1,2 million au Groupe Meloche, de Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Meloche est un fournisseur intégré de composants pour les secteurs de l'aéronautique et de la défense.

 

D'ailleurs, le Groupe Meloche est l'un de ces fournisseurs qui ont rencontré l'anglo-suédoise BAE Systems, a confirmé Hughe Meloche, président et chef de la direction de la PME ayant un chiffre d'affaires de 29 millions de dollars et employant 130 personnes.

 

Des chars et des camions

 

BAE est sur les rangs pour décrocher le contrat de 2 milliards portant sur l'achat de 108 chars d'assaut, appelés véhicules de combat rapproché (VCR). BAE a annoncé dans le passé qu'elle retenait la société Soucy, de Drummondville, en ce qui a trait à la fabrication des chenilles en caoutchouc de ses chars.

 

Retardée depuis deux ans, l'attribution des contrats d'acquisition et de soutien en service est prévue pour l'automne 2013, selon le site de Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada.

 

Oshkosh Defense a pour sa part dévoilé au milieu de l'été son intention de répondre à un autre contrat des Forces armées canadiennes, soit celui concernant 1500 camions de modèle militaire normalisé pour les unités opérationnelles et le soutien logistique. La valeur de celui-ci s'élève autour de 1,1 milliard.

 

Quant à Mercedes-Benz, elle fait équipe avec Armatec, de London, en Ontario, contre Oshkosh pour ce même contrat de 1500 véhicules de soutien.

 

Le gouvernement du Canada impose le critère des retombées industrielles et régionales dans le processus d'approvisionnement de la Défense nationale, ce qui explique le jeu des alliances entre donneurs d'ordres internationaux et sous-traitants locaux.

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Defence supply chain boost for UK SMEs

 

November 12, 2013 by Michael Crosby dcicontracts.com

 

Summary: The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne recently chaired a forum at the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) which sought to support small and medium-sized enterprises to win more business in the defence sector.

 

Enter the defence supply chain

 

The CDE aims to remove barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises to enter the defence supply chain, working with a range of science and technology providers to provide an entry point into MOD contracting for those new to the industry.

 

The recent forum gave the MOD direct communication with SMEs, allowing them to share experiences, best practice and help inform them about new MOD and government policies.

 

The CDE has received more than 4700 research proposals, with around 750 selected for funding, resulting in a total contract value of £44m. Almost half of all CDE contracts go to SMEs.

 

Mr Dunne said: “CDE shows how MOD works closely with companies, including SMEs, to provide innovative equipment and support for our Armed Forces.

 

“CDE also plays a crucial role in ensuring SMEs have direct access to MOD contracts. We saw first-hand the results of CDE’s work and the valuable impact this can have.”

 

In August 2013, the Cabinet Office published the Making Government business more accessible to SMEs: Two years on report, which revealed the breakdown of spend with SMEs by government department.

 

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EDTA press release in response to the EC Communication on Defence and Security

 

05.11.2013 Jan Wind Director at WISER Consultancy

 

Call for improved “branding”, access to funding and an efficient market

 

Technology is everywhere. For the armed forces the availability of top class technology is often a matter of life and death. Technological knowledge, funding for technology and capability development, efficient procedures and market rules are crucial for engineers and industry to support the armed forces effectively.

 

From this perspective EDTA compiled comments to the Communication on the European Defence and Security Sector as has been adopted by the European Commission on 24 July 2013.

 

Read and download the full press release and all detailed comments

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The opportunities for SMEs in an integrated European defence industry: the European Council on Defence and beyond

05-11-2013 Security and Defence

 

The opportunities for SMEs in an integrated European defence industry: the European Council on Defence and beyond

 

Draft programme

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Public hearing on SMEs in an integrated European defence industry
source SEDE
 
The SEDE subcommittee will hold a public hearing on "The opportunities of SMEs in an integrated European defence industry: the European Council on Defence and beyond" with experts and academics.
 
When: 5 November 2013

 

Further information meeting documents
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Comité « Pacte Défense PME »

25.09.2013 Association des entreprises partenaires de la Défense

 

L'Association des entreprises partenaires de la Défense a créé un Comité « Pacte Défense PME » en charge de faire le lien (retours d'expérience, propositions...) avec le ministère de la Défense.

 

Pacte Défense PME est une stratégie globale du ministère en faveur des PME et des ETI et mobilise l'ensemble de ses services autour des principales problématiques de ces entreprises : accès à la commande publique, soutien à l'innovation, sous-traitance, financement, accompagnement à l'exportation...

 

Contact unique : comitepactedefensepme@entreprisespartenairesdeladefense.fr

 

Pour télécharger les 10 actions principales du Pacte Défense PME : LIEN

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Loi de programmation militaire : le cri d'alarme des PME

09.09.2013 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

L'examen de la loi vient de démarrer au Parlement. Les petites entreprises du secteur souffrent déjà des gels des crédits.

 

Alors que le Parlement démarre l'examen de la loi de programmation militaire, les PME et les ETI de défense constatent depuis plusieurs mois déjà que l'argent se fait rare. Entre annulations brutales de contrats, réduction des cadences, et menaces sur des crédits de recherche, les témoignages se multiplient qui montrent que la rigueur s'est abattue sur le ministère. « La situation est préoccupante », s'alarme Thierry Gaiffe, président de la commission défense du Comité Richelieu, qui fédère des entreprises innovantes.

 

Bertin technologies en sait quelque chose. Ses prises de commandes auprès de la DGA ont fondu comme neige au soleil : elles sont passées en un an de 17 à 3 millions d'euros. Le programme Syfral de ponts de franchissement a été renvoyé aux calendes grecques. Etant donné son expertise sur le sujet, l'entreprise avait de grandes chances de remporter l'appel d'offres. Au-delà de la perte potentielle de chiffre d'affaires, au moins 100 millions d'euros, c'est celle du savoir faire de ses ingénieurs qui préoccupe le PDG, Philippe Demigné. Entre 50 et 80 personnes sont concernées.

 

La PME nourrit aussi des inquiétudes sur l'avenir d'un programme de détection biologique, dont le lancement, toujours selon son dirigeant, permettrait de consolider la filière industrielle française dans ce domaine très pointu. Même la dissuasion est touchée puisque des crédits prévus pour le laser Mégajoule sont étalés. Pour la société, filiale du groupe Cnim, le remède passe par l'exportation ou des nouveaux débouchés, dans l'énergie particulièrement. Mais tout cela prend du temps.

 

Pessimisme ambiant

 

Même échappatoire pour Sofradir, une PME de 180 millions d'euros, leader mondial des technologies de détection infrarouge. Le ralentissement, Philippe Bensussan l'a constaté aux Etats-Unis depuis quelque temps. Il a donc eu le temps de réagir, d'autant qu'en France, l'impact des baisses des commandes militaires ne se fera véritablement sentir qu'à compter de l'année prochaine. Ce sera probablement le cas dans le domaine de l'alerte avancée, craint-il : au lieu d'une commande ferme de plusieurs millions, la PME s'attend désormais à plusieurs tranches conditionnelles. Au mieux.

 

« Ce n'est pas facile et il faut s'adapter », confie Philippe Bensussan aux « Echos ». Dans le cas de Sofradir, cela passe notamment par le développement de détecteurs refroidis à bas coût pour des caméras de moyen de gamme. La PME mise également sur l'automobile, la domotique et peut encore compter sur le dynamisme du marché des satellites d'observation.

 

Sous couvert d'anonymat, le PDG d'une autre PME de défense, en passe de perdre un quart de ses revenus, confirme le pessimisme ambiant. La DGA lui a signifié l'arrêt du jour au lendemain d'un contrat pluriannuel de casques qui rapportait 3 à 4 millions par an. Et ce n'est pas fini. Craignant d'importantes réductions de volumes sur un grand programme en cours d'équipements du fantassin, un des grands fournisseurs de l'armée a demandé à cette PME d'estimer l'impact d'une baisse. Histoire de mieux défendre sa cause auprès du ministère…

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Defence business plan: small and medium-sized enterprises (UK MoD)

3 July 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

The MOD recognises the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as direct suppliers to MOD and as participants in the defence supply chain.

The white paper on ‘National security through technology: technology, equipment, and support for UK defence and security (Cm 8278)’ describes how SMEs are a vital source of innovation and flexibility in meeting defence and security requirements. SMEs can also often offer highly cost effective value for money solutions for defence requirements.

The white paper takes into account responses received from the consultation green paper on ‘Equipment, support, and technology for UK defence and security’ that was published in December 2010. The consultation process identified the potential for improvements in three main areas: changes to government processes, particularly within MOD; the way MOD manages its direct relationships with SMEs; and SMEs’ relationships with prime contractors. Our plans for improvements in each of these three areas may be found in chapter 5 of the white paper.

The departmental action plan (2013/14) describes the work we are doing to support and encourage SMEs and sets a target for increasing MOD’s direct and indirect spend with SMEs by end 2014/15.

The departmental action plan is attached together with a number of examples of successful SME engagements with the MOD.

Documents

SME action plan

The MOD recognises the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

PDF, 92.4KB, 19 pages

SME case study examples

PDF, 154KB, 16 pages

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Major Firms Concerned Over Health of Small Suppliers

Jun. 2, 2013 By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Everyone from the US defense secretary to the service chiefs to industry executives at major companies are concerned about the health of the smaller, specialized parts suppliers that keep planes flying, ships steaming and trucks on the road.

 

But what to do about them as the defense sector constricts and commercial markets rebound is a problem that no one has managed to solve.

 

Over the past few years of belt tightening at the Pentagon — with fewer new start programs coming on line — “certainly you’ve seen some consolidation in the supply base and I think that is a significant concern to everyone in the business,” said Rick Edwards, executive vice president for Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business.

 

During a May 15 interview at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla., Edwards offered a candid assessment of how surging markets like domestic oil and natural gas production may be luring some second- and third-tier suppliers from the defense industry, and the difficulties the industry is facing recruiting and retaining qualified engineers in a tightening, and highly competitive, market.

 

“Being in the defense business requires a level of rigor and discipline that doesn’t come free,” he said, particularly when you see the current upswing in some commercial markets that could encourage smaller companies to abandon the defense sector where the volume of work is going down.

 

Precision machining, in particular, is an industry that is taking advantage of the booming domestic energy and drilling market, where companies can make more money machining parts for the oil business than they can making parts for programs such as the Hellfire missile.

 

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno echoed the concern over retaining smaller suppliers in a May 29 speech when he fretted over “the smaller [companies] who do so much for us in terms of developing some niche technologies. How do we keep them going as we reduce budgets?”

 

One of Lockheed’s answers involves stepping in and helping them, regardless of whether they want the assistance.

 

“Supporting and helping our suppliers is not something that’s optional,” Edwards said. “You are dependent on them for success and we view them as an integral part of our team because if the product fails or doesn’t deliver, that’s a reflection on Lockheed Martin. So we are not reluctant to go help them, even if they don’t want the help, quite honestly.”

 

He said that this level of interdiction with suppliers “has probably doubled in the last couple years” as the volume of work has gone down. And there doesn’t look to be a lot of help on the horizon. In a rather downcast assessment of what’s to come, the Pentagon’s chief for industrial base and manufacturing policy, Brett Lambert, told a Washington industry crowd on April 25 that while he is working to identify the most critical aspects of the industrial base that must be sustained, “there’s going to be a lot of bad news that’s given out to companies” over the next several years.

 

“We should make no illusions,” Lambert said. “We will identify critical key suppliers that will go under because we will have made the assumption, based on our strategy moving forward, that that is no longer a critical capability to our future force.”

 

As the Pentagon looks to spend less on new start programs and attempts to incorporate more mature technologies on the few new programs in development, a large burden is being shifted to industry to bring new solutions to the table, and sooner.

 

With this in mind, Edwards said that in his business segment, the biggest employer of his engineers is in internal research and development (IRAD).

 

Spending on IRAD generates products quickly and keeps engineers sharp. It also keeps them working.

 

“I want to be able to keep my technical base — my design engineers — engaged so they don’t look at this thing and say, ‘We’re in a defense downturn, there aren’t a lot of development programs, I think I’ll go take that job designing Madden 2020’ or something. That’s an issue,” he said.

 

Adding to the problem is the fact that the demographics of engineering schools don’t always work in favor of the defense industry. In most years, about 30 to 35 percent of engineering graduates are US citizens who can get clearances, which means that the pool for qualified talent is small, and there are many opportunities for graduates across a variety of industries.

 

But Edwards said the people who do work for him are going to remain busy, anticipating the next requirement from a customer who, while reducing its buys, will continue to invest what it can in new solutions.

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