BRUSSELS: The Council adopted a decision today updating the list of projects to be undertaken under the EU permanent structured c-ooperation (PESCO). As a result, 14 new projects will be added to the list of the 46 existing ones that have been developed under PES-CO since December 2017.
The new projects are another step towards investing and developing together on defence, in particular in the air and space domains. For instance, the Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo (SATOC) fills a critical shortfall by developing a European solution for the transport of outsized and heavy cargo using a gradual approach.
The Medium size Semi-Autonomous Surface Vehicle (M-SASV) will develop a vehicle with multiple mission modules and provide increased operational flexibility and crew protection that can be used for littoral operations as well as naval task groups.
The Next Generation Small RPAS (NGSR) will develop the next generation of tactical drones to be used by military units in the maritime and air domains as well as for dual use (civilian-defence) namely by law enforcement organizations or disaster/emergency age-ncies. The Defence of Space Assets (DoSA) will increase the EU’s operational efficiency in the space domain by making the best use of current and future space assets through cross-cutting space functions of access, passive defence and operational efficiency through training.
The list of new projects also includes: Essential Elements of European Escort (4E) for the maritime area, Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo, Next Generation Small RPAS, Rotorcraft Docking Station for Drones, Small Scalable Weapons (SSW), and Air Power for the air systems.
The EU Military Partn-ership (EU MilPart) is incl-uded in the land systems area, while the Common Hub for Governmental Imagery (CoHGI) is part of the space area. Lastly, Aut-omated Modelling, Identifi-cation and Damage Assess-ment of Urban Terrain (A-MIDA-UT) and Cyber Ranges Federations (CRF) are included in cyber defe-nce and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers) systems.
The Council has also adopted two Recommenda-tions setting out more precise objectives for the second initial phase of PESCO 2021-25 and on the prog-ress made by the project members towards fulfilling their commitments.