20 mai 2022 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

L’Europe se dote d’un hub d’innovation de Défense


L’Europe se dote d’un hub d’innovation de Défense 

Les ministres de la Défense des pays membres de l’Agence européenne de Défense (AED) ont approuvé la création d'un pôle d'innovation de Défense de l'UE, « Hub for EU Defence Innovation » (HEDI), en son sein, mardi 17 mai 2022, lors du comité directeur de l'agence. Approuvée par le Conseil européen, la « Boussole stratégique » préconisait, parmi 12 priorités, la création d'un tel pôle en 2022, dont les travaux préparatoires ont commencé en mai 2021. À la fois « catalyseur et amplificateur », HEDI opérera à la croisée des initiatives déjà lancées par l’AED et en cohérence avec le fond pour l’innovation de l’OTAN (DIANA). Ce hub se concentrera sur les priorités établies par l’Europe en matière de développement capacitaires, de recherche et développement et de compétences, de technologies et de production. Ce hub d’innovation de Défense est supposé monter en puissance afin de mettre en place un « HEDI 2.0 ». Une des premières étapes consiste à faire partager les bonnes pratiques en termes d’innovation et à organiser un 1er « European Defence Innovation Day » le 31 mai prochain. La mise en place d’ateliers, de groupes d’études et de rencontres annuelles ou semestrielles entre chercheurs et organisations doit contribuer à établir une image commune de l’innovation de défense européenne. A terme, HEDI pourrait piloter plusieurs actions comme une version améliorée de l’actuel Prix de l’innovation de défense de l’AED, le financement de preuves de concept et de démonstrateurs, ou encore l’organisation de conférences et de salons thématiques. 

Agence Europe et Forces Operations Blog du 18 mai 


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