The Maritime Capability Technology group (CapTech) is one of twelve CapTechs in EDA, with the mission of providing technological solutions for the Maritime domain. The membership comprising Governmental and Industrial members, is drawn from Governmental bodies, national research centres, Universities and Industry.
The Maritime Capability Technology group (CapTech) is a forum that facilitates the development of technological solutions to meet Capability needs. At its core is the SRA which elaborates upon a shared vision and provides a cornerstone for collaboration and mechanism for addressing identified technological gaps. It has proven to be an effective platform for the development and delivery of complex and challenging projects, that are fully aligned with pMS capability needs. Membership is drawn from Governmental entities, including Navies, National Research centres, Universities and Industry, with the broad span of membership reflective of the many areas to be addressed.
The Area of Responsibility (AoR) includes both the surface and underwater elements, with a particular emphasis placed upon the latter. Furthermore, the development of technologies related to Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) has been a priority area over the lifetime of the CapTech with a clear track record of project development and delivery.
The European Union Capability Development Priorities (CDP), finalised in 2018, serves as the mechanism for identifying priorities requiring technological solutions for development. Employed also in the preparation of the agenda is the Technology Taxonomy (TT) and the Generic Military Task List (GMTL).
Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) have long been a key activity within the Maritime CapTech. Technological advances and proliferation of sea mines have increased the asymmetric threat to expeditionary forces in the littorals as well as naval forces in general. Mine countermeasures is a complex area of naval warfare and the existence of a robust capability is critical to the successful execution of naval operations. Furthermore,
Recent years have seen a proliferation of Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) in the maritime domain. In an operational context, this has been centred on air systems dedicated to Intelligence Search and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations. However, surface and underwater systems have also experienced developments where their operational use is mostly focused on MMCM and ASW. The CapTech has facilitated the preparation, execution and delivery of a Programme on ‘Unmanned Maritime Systems for Maritime Mine Counter Measures and other Naval Applications’. Comprising of 11 contributing members and with a budget of over 56€ Million euros, this Category A programme consisted of 15 coordinated projects on areas such as Mine Hunting, Mine sweeping and areas such as Safety and Regulation and Standardisation.
The undersea domain continues to be a driver for technological change and it is an environment that is becoming increasingly contested with greater competition for maritime resources and a continuing need to preserve sea lines of communication. Based on the positive collaboration of the UMS programme and with the need to be able to overcome environmental and technological challenges of operating in this inhospitable environment, the CapTech has facilitated the launch of new projects on; Modular Lightweight Minesweeping, Smart Adaptive Long and Short Range Underwater Acoustic Networks and Signature Response Analysis on Multi Influence Sensors.