The unmanned platform project ‘Unmaned Semifixed Sea Platforms’ (USSPs) is valued at 19.5 million euros.

Navantia press release

The unmanned platform project ‘Unmaned Semifixed Sea Platforms’ (USSPs), in which Navantia participates, has been selected to receive funding from the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) 2020 in the field of Maritime Surveillance.

The USSPs project is valued at 19.5 million euros and will have European funding of 12.8 million, being the largest of the 26 projects selected in the EDIDP in its 2020 call.

USSPs will develop a highly autonomous, energy efficient unmanned platform prototype, based on miniaturized oil rig technologies and with a wide range of aerial, surface and submarine sensors. They can be deployed in any geographical area, including deep water, and in adverse environmental conditions, so it will be very versatile in your operations.

The goal of the initiative is to integrate the necessary systems and assets through innovative solutions to enhance maritime surveillance capabilities, reduce resource utilization and mission costs, and provide persistent and ongoing maritime situational awareness across all scopes.

A total of 15 European companies participate in USSPs, from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands, coordinated by the Greek ETME.

Navantia’s participation will translate into the areas of Command and Control systems, Platform Control, Light Weapons systems, unmanned vehicles, power plant and technical support. It involves Navantia some 25,000 hours of work, with highly qualified personnel during the three and a half years that the project lasts.

Also participating in the project are the companies Applied Intelligence Analytics Limited (Ireland), Naval Group (France), Prolexia (France), Multimedia Workshop (Bulgaria), Sener Aeroespacial (Spain), Signalerix Limited (Cyprus), SMTS Designer and Constructors (Countries Netherlands), Stichting Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland (Netherlands), Techlam (France), Tecnobit (Spain) and Utek (Spain) together with CyRIC-Cyprus Research and Innovation Center and the Foundation for Research and Technology of Greece.

USSPs is one of the 26 projects selected by EDIDP in what will be its last financial cycle. In the 2019 call, Navantia participated in the selected project SEA DEFENCE together with other European shipyards. EDIDP, aimed at promoting collaboration between European defense companies for the development of new solutions, is one of the precursors of the European Defense Fund ( EDF), which has just launched its first call. These tools are intended to promote a European industrial and technological base in the field of defense, which is innovative and competitive and thus contributes to the strategic autonomy of the EU.

Source: navalnews