EDIDP, eli European defence industrial development programme on mennyt eteenpäin.
" Modular and adaptive tactical network to control, change and manage network behaviour, including cyber security "
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" The ESSOR PESCO project activities are currently performed by the consortium a4ESSOR
through a contract managed by OCCAr.
A4ESSOR is a Joint-Venture between companies Thales (FR), Leonardo (IT), Indra (SP),
Radmor (PL), Bittium (FI) and soon Rhode & Schwarz (DE). The objective of the ESSOR
programme is to focus on interoperable (coalition) solutions for the armed forces. The two
main products of this more than 10-year programme are the coalition High Dynamic Range
WaveForm (HDRWF) (specifications, base waveform, ported on different target platforms,
interoperability tested) and the definition of the ESSOR architecture, conceived to become the
European standard. The consortium gets some full IPR attached to these products and any
future activities related to other coalition waveform will need to reuse this background
information. Only a4ESSOR gets this particular know-how related to the SDR architecture,
called ESSOR architecture.
European competitiveness will be enhanced through the availability of several vendors in
Europe to provide tactical radios encompassing some common waveforms which would
ensure interoperability between armed forces of Member States.
Article 195 (f) of the Financial Regulation: ‘‘grants […] for activities with specific
characteristics that require a particular type of body on account of its technical competence,
its high degree of specialisation or its administrative powers, on condition that the activities
concerned do not fall within the scope of a call for proposals.’’
The actions present exceptional technological characteristics: are all based on the state of the
art technology in the radio field (e.g. software defined radio) and aims at developing the most
advanced concepts and solutions for communication, applied to all the waveform layers.
These waveforms (and related activities) cover all the radio communications needs,
complementing each other. They overall build up a complete set of capabilities satisfying the
most stringent, modern and future communication requirements.
The action is a strategic enabler for European defence: complete communication capabilities
are critical assets; when they are accessible, shared and used by all Member States, provide
for an unprecedented optimization and effectiveness of the joint operations. Management and
custodianship of such products complete the overall communication assets.
The action is able to contribute to and solve a critical shortfall: so far communication
interoperability has been weak; the proposed activities provide for availability and usability in
a short time period.
The action contributes to the inclusiveness of EDIDP as well as to foster the European
Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) on a long term basis: through the
PESCO initiative more Member States are willing to join the ESSOR framework
Memorandum of Understanding increasing the opportunities to jointly use, own and maintain
the final products.
The named beneficiaries, on account of their technical competence and high degree of
specialization, are well placed to perform the above mentioned activities.
Article 195 © of the Financial Regulation: ‘‘grants to bodies with a de jure or de facto
monopoly or to bodies designated by Member States, under their responsibility, where those
Member States are in a de jure or de facto monopoly situation’’.
The current project nations designated the named beneficiaries, under their responsibility, to
develop ESSOR. There is no other European project known of this type and magnitude within
the timeframe above and that has achieved that level of maturity in the Union. Therefore there
is a monopoly situation.
Beneficiaries: Thales, Leonardo, Indra, Radmor, Bittium and Rhode & Schwarz.
Maximum amount of Union contribution: EUR 37 000 000 (EUR 20 000 000 in 2019 and
EUR 17 000 000 in 2020)."