The OCEAN2020 (Open Cooperation for European mAritime awareNess) webinar was held on 9/07/2020. It focused on demostration of the project activities and provided an overview of the results achieved during the first live sea demonstration, hold in the Gulf of Taranto on the 20 and 21 November 2019.
After an introductory remark about the broader political context of current and future EU initiatives provided by Sylvia Kainz-Huber, European Commission, the webinar focused on OCEAN2020, the largest EU defence research project funded so far, and the results achieved during the first sea demonstration.
Dirk Tielbuerger, European Defence Agency and Antonino Arecchi, OCEAN2020 Project Coordinator illustrated these aspects, in their respective keynote speeches.
The discussion was moderated by Alessandro Marrone Head of Defence Programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).
The two-day live demonstration was the first opportunity for this ambitious project to demonstrate enhanced situational awareness in a maritime environment through the integration of legacy and new technologies for unmanned systems., CMS (Combat Management System) naval communications and maritime operation centres. Coordinated by Leonardo, the OCEAN2020 Project involves 43 countries of 15 European countries. It aims to achieve a wide set of operational and technical objectives, ranging from enhanced situational awareness, autonomy, cost effectiveness and increased interoperability for joint missions.