OCCAR to break down all the latest on the Euromale project at UNVEX
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OCCAR to break down all the latest on the Euromale project at UNVEX

Euromale. Foto: Airbus.

The Euromale project is set to be one of the protagonists at the first European summit on security and defense drones, UNVEX S&D, which will be held in the northwestern Spanish city of León between May 29-31.

The conference cycle will include within its international cooperation projects segment a presentation by the project’s director, in which he will tackle the current state of affairs and the future stages of the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely-Piloted Aircraft System).

The Euromale represents a blueprint in cooperation for the new Defense-oriented Europe, with the participation of four countries – Spain, France, Germany and Italy – and the involvement of some of the continent’s biggest companies, such as Airbus, Dassault or Leonardo.

Along with the Euromale program, the same panel will analyze other international projects such as the European Union’s Ocean 2020 initiative, which is researching the integration of autonomous systems into a naval setting in order to improve maritime safety.

In addition, NATO will present its procurement agency’s (NSPA) guidelines on unmanned systems, as well as other programs such as Watchkeeper.

These conferences will allow attendees to witness how European countries and the security and defense industry work together hand-in-hand on the design of RPAS solutions within the framework of the new European defense industry policy.

OCCAR, the organization that manages the Euromale program, will also be present during the first plenary session.

Its director, Maj. Gen. Arturo Alfonso Meiriño, will lay out his vision for the project’s future and talk about other programs spearheaded by the intergovernmental organization.

Integration into airspace

The challenge of integrating RPAS and UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) into airspace will be the focus of another plenary session within the conference cycle. The panel will be moderated by Brig. Gen. José María Juanas García, the Chief of the Spanish Air Force’s Operations Division.

The panel will include as speaker the head of the European Defense Agency’s Single European Sky initiative, Christophe Vivier; the deputy director of the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology’s (INTA) Aeronautic Systems department, Bartolomé Marqués, Col. José Vicente Nieto of the Spanish Air Force’s Airspace Section (Sespa); as well as a representative of the company Isdefe, one of the summit’s partners, who will speak about U-Space integration into Air Traffic Management.

This last topic represents a crucial issue for the future development of the RPAS sector. In this regard, the European Commission has placed its bets on boosting the progressive integration of unmanned systems into airspace, guaranteeing the sector’s expansion, at the same time that this new technology is made available on the mass market.

Naval and terrestrial systems

Apart from the aerial systems demonstrations at the Conde de Gazola and Virgen del Camino military bases, UNVEX will also host the presentation of remotely-piloted and autonomous naval and ground vehicles.

INTA’s Marañosa Technological Institute will exhibit its Remote Drive initiative, while the Israeli company IAI will showcase an unmanned ground vehicle possessing a high degree of autonomy and maneuverability.

On the other hand, GMV and Indra will unveil their advances in the naval field, including an unmanned surface vessel designed for surveillance tasks and the protection of fishing areas.

The enrollment process for UNVEX S&D is currently open. Those who wish to attend the conferences, exhibitions and demonstrations will need to register previously at http://unvex-sd.com/es/inscription/

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