EDA-EC Conference on UAS recommends a High Level Group
The European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Commission (EC) co-organised today a Conference dedicated to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Conference recommended the establishment of a High Level Group on UAS.
Over 450 senior government officials and industry representatives gathered to discuss the potential of UAS for European users, their economic, technological and industrial impact, as well as a common European way forward.
Military and civil UAS markets are highly interdependent, with technology developments inevitably driving both. The Commission and the European Defence Agency are committed at the European level, to closely observe, support and contribute to the evolution of UAS technologies for dual-use purposes. To underline this commitment,
EDA’s Chief Executive, Alexander Weis, announced ongoing work under the so called “European Framework Cooperation”, a pragmatic approach by the European Commission, the European Defence Agency and the European Space Agency to synchronise systematically Research and Technology investment in their respective frameworks.
Several senior officials called for a joint European approach to develop common Unmanned Aircraft System capabilities in order to maximise efficiency in public spending and to ensure that alternative European platforms are available within the coming years.
The Conference recommended the establishment of a High Level Group on UAS, providing a discussion platform to European Stakeholder communities in order to ensure coherence whilst improving sustainability and competiveness, notably building on input and ongoing initiatives from research areas such as the “European Framework Cooperation”.