CAFA Tech is participating in EU-funded defence technology development initiatives, aiming to bolster Estonian national defence and enhance the collective security of the EU and NATO. Historical evidence suggests that numerous defence sector innovations, such as radar and GPS technologies, eventually transition into civilian use. In the recent two decades, it has been observed that civilian innovation has frequently outpaced that of the defence sector. In light of this, CAFA Tech applies our extensive expertise in civilian solution development to the realm of defence, ensuring that our contributions remain cutting-edge.
PADIC will develop a coastal radar network system with an open architecture, connecting passive, digital sensors of different types. Passive radars use reflections from signals from TV and radio stations, mobile network base stations and added transmitters to detect objects on land, at sea and in the air.
PADIC will study, design, prototype and test a coastal radar network system in response to emerging threats by further developing state-of-the-art sensors that are spectrally non-congesting during peacetime and sustainable and immune against attack attempts during conflicts. The project will make use of low-cost and commercially available technologies and components.
CAFA Tech contribution: Drone detection radar and AI Centre technology
This project aims at achieving a European and sovereign capacity in the future mine warfare and will create a path for the next generation ‘made in Europe’ countermeasure solutions.
CAFA Tech contribution: Mine-Disposal-Robot for underwater MCM operations
MoSaiC is a EU-funded research initiative, focused on real-time monitoring of CBRN events paired with innovative sampling capabilities. The project’s main aim is to enhance the dynamic mapping of threats in real-time using innovative tools and technologies, thanks to the concerted effort of its Consortium, comprised of 7 international partners.
CAFA Tech contribution: UAVs and UGVs as sensors carriers
The project “Digital Ship Structural Health Monitoring” (dTHOR) will develop a system based on innovative utilization of large amounts of load and response measurements from robust and advanced sensors, a digital framework complying with recognised open standards for data exchange, and hybrid analysis and modelling which combines physics-based and data-driven models. dTHOR will consolidate end-users military operational requirements based on improved battle damage and structural integrity assessment, reduced hydro-acoustic signatures, and more accurate operation of weapon systems
CAFA Tech contribution: networked sensors with AI analytics.
The 5G COMPAD project aims to facilitate use of 5G for Defence and enable interoperability of defence and public communication systems across EU member states.
5G COMPAD aims to break down hurdles faced by European armed forces, which currently rely on expensive, hardware-locked communication systems with limited data rates and interoperability.
By designing a reference architecture for a 5G-based communications system compatible with existing systems and platforms, and by enabling the recurrent integration of 5G, the project will provide a robust high-speed communication system and enable the rapid introduction of new capabilities. This will ensure sustained information superiority for operational success across the entire conflict spectrum, including peacetime, grey-zone and armed conflicts.
CAFA Tech contribution: UAVs and UGVs controlled via 5G
INDY is one of the first strategic projects tackling green energy in the defence and security sector, thus strengthening collaboration between civil and defence partners to develop dual-use solutions for deployable military camps.
CAFA Tech contribution: Geo-HEC Station technology, develop specialized training programs for stakeholders, focusing on military transfer assessments and bolstering the Critical Components Testing phase.
CAFA Tech representatives contribute to the EDA captechs described below.
CAFA Tech has contributed and actively participates in conducting NATO NIAG studies together with many other defense companies of NATO member states.
The NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) is a high-level consultative and advisory body of senior industrialists of NATO member countries, acting under the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), with the aims of:
Some NIAG studies to which CAFA Tech experts have contributed related to CAFA Tech technologies: