"Nanotechnology part of European Defence Agency's new Disruptive Defence Technologies program
"European governments agreed today to establish a new Joint Investment Programme (JIP) for research into emerging technologies which might have a disruptive effect on the battlefield, using an innovative structure devised by the European Defence Agency (EDA) to boost collaborative European efforts on defence Research & Technology.
A ministerial meeting of the EDA’s Steering Board approved the new two-year programme, building on the experience from first JIP launched in 2006 which focuses on the protection of armed forces. 11 European countries will contribute to the new initiative, which will be funded by a common budget of €15.5 million.
"I am delighted to see that this new way of collaborating in a more integrated and efficient way has proved its worth and is being repeated,” said Javier Solana, the Head of the Agency, who chaired the meeting of defence ministers. “Investing more in Defence R&T and spending more together will be achieved only through this kind of pragmatic approach.".
European Defence Agency Chief Executive Alexander Weis told a press conference that there were three main technology clusters.
He gave the following examples:
Cluster A – integrated navigational architecture (providing back-up if GPS is not available).
Cluster B – using nanotechnologies to create more ergonomic equipment for soldiers (eg aiding night vision) or to come up with solutions to reduce the weight and size of power sources.
Cluster C – remote detection of hidden items such as improvised explosives devices.
The European Defence Agency (EDA) was established by the Council on 12 July 2004. It is designed "to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the ESDP as it stands now and develops in the future".
The EDA is an Agency of the European Union. High Representative Solana is Head of the Agency, chairman of the Steering Board, which acts under the Council's authority and within the framework of guidelines issued by the Council.
Source: European Defence Agency"