CBRNE & EOD Defence

Four-nation PESCO proposal aims for cross-service CBRN surveillance system

04 September 2018

Lead-country Austria and three central European countries are proposing to create a new modular-based CBRN surveillance capability that mixes manned and unmanned elements for operational deployment across aerial, ground, and maritime domains.

To be offered as a service for the European Union (EU), national, or other missions, the project and other competing proposals await review and co-funding from the European Commission within the union’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework for developing multi-nation military capabilities. The winning projects will be decided in November.

General Major Johann Frank, director of defence policy at the Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD) who helped spearhead the effort, estimated that the CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS) project has a more-than-decent chance of getting approval.

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