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Military research gets go-ahead

Three defence research projects have been selected for funding by the European Defence Agency—the first time that military R&D has been funded through the EU budget.

The projects have been awarded about €433,000 each under a pilot project organised by the EDA.

These are: Spider, led by the Portuguese technology company Tekever, which will use sensors to improve soldiers’ awareness of indoor environments; Trawa, led by the Netherlands Aerospace Center, which will develop standards for remotely piloted aircraft (known as ‘drones’); and EuroSwarm, led by the UK’s Cranfield University, which will demonstrate the military potential of autonomous systems.

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