The LynkEUs project, a preliminary operational concept for a European Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) capability is to be defined and demonstrated in a firing campaign. For this purpose, a missile system is to be integrated into a land platform with a turret, which is supplied with target data from an unmanned aircraft in a cyber-secured manner. The European Commission has selected MBDA to coordinate the 13 partners and subcontractors from five countries within the framework of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). LynkEUs is the first technological and industrial contribution to the objectives of the BLOS Capability Project of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was endorsed by EU Defence Ministers in November 2018.
The concepts and tests completed for the PESCO BLOS project will contribute to the development of a family of man-in-the-loop visual feedback BLOS missile systems based on MBDA’s Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) guided medium-range anti-tank missile, fielded in France, under the full control of the European defence industry.
MBDA is now entering the negotiation phase on financial participation with the Commission, it has ten partners on the project:
- The Royal Military Academy,
- John Cockerill Defence
- FN Herstal
- Thales Belgium
- Cyprus Institute
These are in addition to French companies Novadem and Safran alongside together three subcontractors; MILREM (from Estonia), DELAIR (from France) and Carmenta (from Sweden). The two-year project will have a budget of €6.6m, of which the EU intends to contribute around 97 percent.