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Jack Richardson

LynkEUs, an MBDA coordinated project, has been selected by the European Commission as part of the new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), following consultation with Member States. The LynkEUs project is managed in close partnership with the French, Belgian and Cypriot armed forces to define an initial operational concept for a European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) capability. It will provide an opportunity to identify and test emerging solutions of potential value for future upgrades to the capability, and will be validated by a test campaign. The concepts and tests completed for the PESCO BLOS project will contribute to the development of a family of man-on-the loop BLOS missile systems with back image, based on the MMP medium range missile and under full control of Europe’s defence industry. MBDA’s 10 partners are:

  • from Belgium:
    • The Royal Military Academy
    • John Cockerill Defence
    • FN Herstal
    • Thales Belgium
    • Xenics
  • From Cyprus:
    • Aditess
    • Cyprus Institute
    • SignalGenerix

French companies Novadem and Safran along with the 3 subcontractors; MILREM (from Estonia), DELAIR (from France), and Carmenta (from Sweden), are also involved with the companies now entering the negotiation phase of the grant agreement with the Commission. This success at European level paves the way for further collaborative projects that will consolidate a European BLOS capability by developing associated functions such as training systems and cooperative engagement. These new projects could be eligible for the future European Defence Fund as early as 2021.