The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors.
Intended to safeguard vessels and critical infrastructure in littoral environments and on the high seas, the Harbour and Maritime Surveillance and Protection (HARMSPRO) programme – which also includes Greece, Poland, and Portugal – is expected to commence trials in 2020 and provide an operational capability from 2023.
With Italy as programme co-ordinator, HARMSPRO will seek to plug gaps in the protection of ports and harbours, sea lines of communication, choke points, and offshore facilities such as oil and gas pipelines and telecommunications cables.
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