Indra will lead three of the main projects financed by the European Commission (EC) within the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and will participate as a partner in two more, strengthening its position as one of the large companies leading the construction of “European Defence”. The company has been awarded the contracts for the three proposals that it submitted as leader, while it is coordinating the most projects of this call. This positions Spain as a key “European Defence” player thanks to the firm support the Defence Ministry is providing for its national industry. The five initiatives in which Indra will participate aim to generate a total of €175m and will have a funding of €107m from the EC, more than 50% of the total budget of this first call.
In every case, we are talking about long-term and technologically advanced undertakings that will strengthen Indra’s innovative and competitive capabilities, providing Europe with key capabilities for defence and security, as proven by the fact that all projects Indra leads (or participates in), are encompassed within the Permanent Structured Cooperation for Defence matters (PESCO) approved by the EU Council in December 2017. These are strategic projects for the EU and will give structure to the European model for industry cooperation. With this achievement, Indra is established as the company unifying the defence systems of Europe, and as a driving force in the Spanish technological defence sector, strengthening its competitiveness on a global level in the defence market.
The success of Indra in the EDIDP ensures the continuity of the position attained during the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR). Since its origin in 2017, Indra has participated in the main projects, such as OCEAN 2020 and currently leads the development of the future generation of multi-function antennas (CROWN) that will boost the electronic defence and radar capacity of the next generation of combat aircraft. Furthermore, Indra is positioned as a key player for the second phase of the European Defence Fund, which will begin next year and is expected to surpass five times the investment of the EC in defence programmes, reaching €1.2bn euros annually during the 2021-27 period, a sum to be complemented by an equal investment from Member States.
The three EDIDP projects that Indra leads in this call are centred around the development of Command and Control (C2) capabilities, electronic defence and cybersecurity:
- The European Strategic C2 (ESC2) System will give the EU essential C2 capabilities so that all European countries can act in unison and coordinate with their allies in international missions for peacekeeping. It will be a fully interoperable system with the C2 structures and systems of the EU, its member states, NATO and civil agencies.
- The Responsive Electronic Attack for Cooperative Task (REACT) Programme will enable the air forces of the Member States to conduct operations where the enemy prevents or denies access to airspace (A2/AD, anti-access/area denial). These electronic defence systems will be implemented with different configurations, from pods that can be adapted to current aircraft to specific configurations integrated in future types.
- Development of the European Cyber Situational Awareness Platform (ECYSAP) will offer integrated and real-time imaging of cyber threats to which a defence system may be subjected. It will enable immediate reaction capabilities, as well as smart support tools for decision-making.
The other two projects that Indra will participate in as a partner are:
- The anti-collision European system for unmanned aircraft (EUDAAS), which will increase flight safety and will enable their integration into airspace. This is a key capability to enable the operation of large military UAVs without interfering with civil air traffic, particularly with EuroMALE currently in development.
- Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) based on Galileo will develop an array of antennas, military receivers and security modules for satellite navigation using the Galileo constellation signals. The devices will be deployed in UAVs, land and naval platforms with a common underlying structure to will ensure secure operation.