The European Commission’s Counter-UAS package is taking shape, according to Valerio Liberatori, DG Home, Counter-Terrorism Unit, involving the Commission’s DG Move and DG Home Directorates, speaking at SAE Media Group’s Counter UAS Technology Europe Conference in London. The strategy is being supported by Joint Research Centres JRC GEEL and JRC ISPRA.
The strategy is still at a provisional basis but will probably involve the following elements:
- Community-building and information sharing
The aim is for each national first responder unit will be able to cross the border and use their C-UAS tools to deal with drone intrusions incident. Within the strategy, the Commission will create an expert group which will help close the gap between industry and policy-makers. The strategy also envisages the creation of a digital drone incident platform, including classified data, which can be shared by authorised EU users.
- C-UAS systems testing
To build on the Courageous project – the strategy involves establishing a more structured programme, perhaps involving voluntary performance standards. One objective will be to compile an annual report on C-UAS technical developments.
- Practical guidance and operational support
The JRC’s role will be will develop publications on risk assessments of mitigation strategies.
- Funding support
Support could be substantial and could be in place for 2024.
- Research and innovation
The Commission will assess national research needs in the context of Horizon funding.
- Regulatory measures
There are current no specific EU counter drone measures, so one of the first actions will be a regulatory horizon scanning programme.