Picture: Bundeswehr Technical Center for Information Technology and Electronics in Greding (Germany)
With its final working group meeting held at the Agency premises on 26 September, EDA’s European Network on Electro Magnetic Effects Test & Evaluation capabilities Rationalisation (ENTER) project has been officially concluded.
Launched in 2014 as a so-called Category B project within the EDA’s Defence Test and Evaluation Base (DTEB) initiative, it was supported by eight Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands. The main objective of ENTER has been achieved: the creation of a coordinated network of EME (Electro-Magnetic Effects) test centres in the participating countries, which will facilitate the future cooperation among them based on a shared technical understanding and background. The various centres attached to the network are:
- Armament and Defence Technology Agency, Electrical Engineering Division (Vienna, Austria)
- Royal Military Academy, Department of Communication Information Systems & Sensors (Brussels, Belgium)
- Military Technical Institute (Prague, Czech Republic)
- WTD 81 - Bundeswehr Technical Center for Information Technology and Electronics (Greding, Germany)
- CISAM - Centro Interforze Studi Applicazioni Militari (Pisa, Italy)
- INTA - Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (Torrejon de Ardoz - Madrid, Spain)
- FMV - Swedish Defence Materiel Administration – T&E Division (Ostersund, Sweden)
- RNLM/DMI/MT Sensors and Weapon Systems (Den Helder, The Netherland).
The network of EME test centres and related national experts will now continue to cooperate in the specific EME sector within the DTEB framework. The damaging effects of electromagnetic interference pose unacceptable risks in military technologies. Against this backdrop, the ENTER network will jointly develop ways and means in order to mitigate the risks of fatal electromagnetic interference during EU missions, among other things by examining the hazardous impact of civil equipment on military operations and vice versa.
Besides working on the network, the ENTER project also allowed participating Member States to conduct joint tests, to promote the use of harmonised test procedures, maintain and develop T&E capabilities and expertise and share knowledge, expertise and equipment. ENTER’s results and final recommendations will be further exploited to improve the EME section of the DTEB database.