Damen announced the official start of ‘SEA Defence’ project, funded by the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIPD).
The project is a collaboration of SEA Naval, compromising Damen, Naval Group, Navantia, SAAB Kockums, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Lürssen Defence, TNO, MARIN, Odense Maritime Technology and CTN, among others.
Part of the European Shipyards and Equipment Association ‘SEA Europe’, the SEA Naval working group and the programme partners will conduct a feasibility study into potential technologies. The aim of the roadmap is to create an overview on the technologies to be included in the future generations of naval platforms. It also aims to improve the European defence technological and industrial base.
An Important step was the singing of the ‘Grant Agreement’ by the European Commission, with a value of €14.29m. Experts rewarded this as a “major step in EU naval cooperation”. Damen Shipyards Group vice-president René Berkvens expressed his gratitude and pride in the leading role that was offered to Damen to coordinate the exceptional project.