CapTech Maritime

Jun 14, 2017
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Type of activity: CapTech
Participating Countries: All
Other partners: n/a

The CapTech Naval Systems and their Environment (CapTech Maritime) deals with naval platforms (surface and underwater) and supporting systems, addressing their design, manufacturing, integration and life-cycle improvement.

Overall objectives include:

  • improvement of platform protection
  • enhancement of guidance and control systems for underwater defence and surveillance
  • improvement of intelligence and surveillance capabilities for ships, submarines, unmanned vehicles and distributed sensor systems.

Human factors in the maritime arena constitutes the last focus area of the CapTech, focusing on simulation-aided training and decision support for surveillance and defence situations and, in addition, operational research and systems analysis.

The work of the Maritime CapTech is generally in the range of TRL 4 to 6 and can be categorised as technology pushed, but also capability driven, mainly by the Capability Development Plan (CDP), and the CDP Priorities. From a technology-push perspective, twelve key research and technology have been identified within the CapTech and these are applicable across five naval task areas: Surface/Submarine Platforms, Above water/Underwater Systems and Equipment, Service and Maintenance.

In its activity, CapTech Maritime provides system and equipment-related technologies for naval capabilities in all operational domains. With regard to its technological scope, CapTech Maritime identifies synergies and inter-dependencies with other CapTechs both at “component” and “system” levels.


Way of working

The Maritime CapTech meetings are held 3 times per year, with a maximum duration of 2 days. All information is shared via the EDA’s online collaborative workspace. In addition to CapTech meetings workshops dedicated to specific topics are organised to investigate areas and promote cooperation.  

To become a Maritime CapTech member (CapTech Governmental Expert - CGE or CapTech non-Gonvernmental Expert - CnGE), please follow the instructions included in the R&T General site, and be aware that your request will be forwarded to the relevant CNC. The approval of the CNC will be needed to become a CGE or CnGE, and also for your participation in a CapTech event.

The activities of the CapTech Naval systems are guided by the Maritime CapTech Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The SRA’s vision is to sustain and further develop European naval capabilities, taking into account operational, economical and societal trends but also with consideration to the need for coordination with European civil maritime stakeholders and the need for enhancing and sustaining the European Naval Technological and Industrial base. The SRA, provides a thorough assessment of the naval technical field, factoring in military, civil and industrial trends, to derive key technology areas that address known present and potential future operational capability shortfalls (“gaps”). Prioritization of these technology items, which is regarded as an iterative, living process, results in a long-term vision for the CapTech, which outlines critical R&T needs,  investment plans and roadmaps that outline possible paths for collaborative projects. The next major update of the SRA is scheduled for 2018.

Based on the SRA, any CapTech member can propose ideas for new activities (projects, workshops, seminars, etc.) at any meeting. 


  • Unmanned Maritime Systems

The Defence Research and Technology Programme on European Unmanned Maritime Systems for Mine Counter Measures and other Naval Applications (UMS) consists of 15 coordinated projects. There is one programme arrangement for these fifteen projects and this administrative tool provides governance for the programme. The individual projects are characterised by varied participant geometry, and are undertaken by industry, national research centres and universities. The principle areas of focus centre on Mine Hunting and Minesweeping. Additionally the programme also addresses the non-technical aspects of autonomous systems such as safety and regulation, and standardisation and integration of different systems. There are ten Contributing Member States plus Norway (BE, FI, FR, DE, IT, NL, PL, PT, ES, SE) and the programme has a budget of €56 Million.

  • Other activities

The CapTech is also engaged with new and follow on activities in the area of UMS. New projects currently established and under preparation include Modular Lightweight Minesweeping (MLMII), Signatures Response Analysis of Multi Influence Mines II (SIRAMIS II) and Smart Adaptive Long and Short Range Underwater Acoustic Networks (SALSA).


This EDA Category B project with five contributing Member States, under NL lead, builds upon the successful EDA Robust Acoustic Underwater Networks (RACUN) project and the UCAC project. Underwater communications are a vital component in the further development and utilisation of Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS). UMS provide naval forces with a capability to undertake lengthy and labour intensive operations such as Mine Counter Measures (MCM) and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), a capability that is increasing in importance and one which reduces the threat naval personnel are exposed to.  The seamless integration of UMS in wireless underwater networks of surface ships, submarines, bottom/moored sensor nodes and surface gateway buoys is thus a key component in their successful operation. This project acknowledges the requirement for interoperability and standardisation, crucial for international cooperation, and this represents a core consideration for the activities within the project. 

What's new

A maritime conference that will address topics such as Maritime Security, UMS and Maritime Surveillance is under preparation and will be hosted by the Hellenic Navy on the 16th of November in Crete. The conference provides the opportunity to address the future opportunities and challenges on the development and utilisation of UMS. 


Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • UK