Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Position Paper on Seven Grand Defense-Technological Challenges for Europe post-2020

Inspired by the »grand societal challenges for Europe« as defined and specified in the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme, the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security (VVS) proposes to commonly identify »grand defense-technological challen­ges post 2020« across the EU that currently are assumed as being already or beco­ming major drivers for strategic autonomy and technological leadership in the foreseeable future, from the technological point of view. Thus, seven Grand Defense-Technological Challenges for Europe post-2020 as suggested by Fraunhofer VVS are outlined as follows; these GCs should be addressed and further specified with priority in the EDRP.


1)      Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy

2)      Digital Battlefield

3)      Quantum Technologies for Defense Applications

4)      Advanced Radar Technologies

5)      Power Supply and Efficiency

6)      Next-Generation Effectors

7)      Human Performance Enhancement



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