Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) research

Jun 10, 2015

Start Date2009
Type of activity: Research programme
Participating Countries: All
Other partners: n/a

The European Defence Agency has developed a flexible way of carrying out research & technology projects in the field of Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) for future naval applications. This integrated research programme was approved by European defence ministers as early as 2009. So far 15 projects have been launched in that framework for a total value of more than €50 million. Ten EDA Member States (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) and Norway are currently active in the programme.

Programme goals

    The Defence Research and Technology Programme on European for Mine Counter Measures and other Naval Applications, also known as UMS, consists of 15 coordinated research & technology projects. There is one programme arrangement for these fifteen projects, and this administrative tool provides governance for the programme. 
    This programme structure, management and implementation has served as a model for other Joint Investment Programmes (JIP), most notably the JIP on Remotely Piloted Systems under the European Framework Cooperation with the focus on Air Traffic Insertion (EFC JIP-RPAS).


Detailed description

Since the establishment of the UMS programme in November 2009, 15 different projects have been carried out or are currently ongoing. The overall programme provided a platform for European defence research in the field of Unmanned Maritime Systems while establishing links with other ongoing efforts, notably in the field of Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM). 

The following projects are currently ongoing:

  • Systems Integration (SI)
  • Standard and interfaces for more interoperable European unmanned maritime systems (STANDIN) 
  • Safety and Regulations for European Unmanned Maritime Systems (SARUMS)
  • Network-Enabled Cooperation Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (NECSAVE)
  • Buried Mines (BURMIN)
  • Study of Hybrid fuel cells Energy Interoperable System (STHENIS)

A study called SABUVIS (Swarm of Biomimetic Underwater Vehicles for Underwater ISR) is currently under contract preparation.


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