Large Italian IT firm gets first EU defence grant for identifying key tech trends

  • Petr Boháček
  • 27.12.2017 12:21

On 22 December, the first European Defence Fund (EDF) grant worth of €1million was awarded for the strategic technology foresight project, or PYTHIA, focused on identifying key technology trends under the coordination of the Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A, a large Italian IT engineering company.

The company with 8,500 employees and nearly a €1bn revenue has more than a 30-year track record in IT and software engineering and will include companies from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom in the project. The Czech New Space Technologies firm from the Czechoslovak Group concern will reportedly be also involved. The worry whether the EDF will also include small and medium enterprises, allowing smaller defence companies to get involved in the supply chains or lead to solidifying of large defence conglomerates, remains. The grant falls within the EDF’s €90-million research window by 2020, which will be followed by additional €500 million. The EDF’s capability window, or the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, will grant €5billion annually from 2020 for joint European defence projects – a significant amount compared to the €35bn invested by all EU member states excluding the UK.

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