Simulation tools central to €35m EU defence research project

Simulation tools central to €35m EU defence research project
The European Union turned to ST Engineering Antycip for modelling and simulation tools and expertise when it embarked on the OCEAN 2020 naval research project.

ST Engineering Antycip used MAK Technologies’ MAK One suite of tools when it contributed to the Open Cooperation for European mAritime awareNess (OCEAN 2020), the largest EU-funded defence research project ever conducted within the union’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR).

The three-year, €35 million OCEAN 2020 project, which concluded recently in Brussels, paved the way for future EU naval collaboration by showing how new and existing technologies – including unmanned systems, combat management systems (CMS), naval communications and maritime operation centres – may be used to enhance situational awareness in a maritime environment.

Modelling and simulation played a crucial role throughout the project, with partners modelling operational concepts to validate the OCEAN 2020 architecture, including simulated sea trials that built upon live demonstrations in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. ST Engineering Antycip played a crucial role in these simulated trials, providing technical support on network simulation, scenario generation and 3D visualisation.

To meet the goals of the project ST Engineering Antycip and its sister company MAK Technologies supplied and supported MAK's modelling and simulation software, including its simulation network technology, VR-Link.

The partners achieved all operational, cooperative and technical objectives including three simulated trials, two live sea trials, and the first-ever simultaneous multinational demonstrations involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones), rotary UAVs, unmanned surface vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and remotely operated underwater vehicles. The project is expected to demonstrate the potential of EU-funded research for defence applications, as well as boosting EU industrial capacity in military unmanned systems.

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