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Jack Richardson

Technology multinational GMV will be taking part in four of the sixteen projects within the first European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) call, a two-year programme to boost the EU’s defence competitiveness and build its strategic autonomy.


The four projects account for €155m, over 50 per cent of the total budget of this first EDIDP call, all of them strategically important EU projects falling under the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). GMV has focused on areas where it has built up a wealth of expertise and international experience, centred on the development of command and control, navigation, unmanned vehicle and cyber defence capabilities. The projects in question are:

  • Europe’s strategic command and control system (ESC2), which will reinforce the EU’s Command and Control (C2) capability for its participation in joint international missions involving its member states. Since 2016 GMV has been involved in the EU’s command, control, and information system (EUCCIS) and will play a key role in the development of this system.
  • The GEODEGalileo for EU Defence (GEODE) project for the development of the Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) system for defence applications, based on Galileo’s Public Regulated Service (PRS), where GMV has long been playing a key part in adapting it for various domains. Spain is developing the navigation systems for naval uses, including PRS receivers, where GMV is responsible for the functions of signal processing, navigation, and timing.
  • Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS), which explores new developments in manned-unmanned teaming (MUT), including swarms. iMUGS will enable European countries to use unmanned vehicles with logistics and ISR-functions, trimming the load and increasing troop security. GMV will be coordinator of the command and control and interoperability project (C4ISR), bringing to the table its wealth of experience in C2 ground systems and Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) interoperability.
  • The PANDORA project for enhancing EU’s cyberdefence capability on the strength of a detection and threat-response solution, allowing member states to share important information. GMV will be helping to implement the software platform for situation monitoring and the exchange of information between agencies and states.

GMV’s EDIDP 2019 contract awards strengthen its hand in EU’s Preparatory Action in Defence Research (PADR). From PADR’s start in 2017, GMV has been playing an important part in its main projects, such as OCEAN 2020 for maritime surveillance and the Generic Open Soldier System Reference Architecture (GOSSRA), defining the new approach to dismounted soldier systems.

Next steps

It is now about to make a start on the EXCEED project, which will lay down the bases for the future electronic design of Europe’s defence applications. These awards win GMV pole position for the second European Defence Fund phase, due to kick off in 2021, which will significantly boost the European Commission’s defence outlay and collaboration between member states. These activities mean GMV continues to go from strength to strength in international defence and security programmes, making the company one of the sector’s main players. Underpinned by Europe’s ongoing drive towards a common defence and security, the company’s medium-term plans include a further heightening of its international profile and ensuring continued sustainable growth.