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Europe is planning its own anti-tank system, which is to be integrated into a land platform with a turret, which is supplied with target data by an unmanned aerial vehicle with cyber security. This project, called LynkEUs, is intended to define a preliminary operational concept for a European anti-tank capability beyond the line of sight (BLOS) and to demonstrate it in a shooting campaign. Europe is also supposed to keep its industrial competencies in this area competitive with non-European suppliers.

LynkEUs is the first technological and industrial contribution to the goals of the BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) capability project, which is to be developed as part of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). The BLOS capability project was approved by the EU Defense Ministers in November 2018.

The concepts and tests completed for the PESCO BLOS project will contribute to the development of a family of man-in-the-loop BLOS missile systems with visual feedback, which are launched on the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée ) based on MBDA and under the full control of the European defense industry.

As part of the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP), the European Commission has selected MBDA to coordinate 13 partners and subcontractors from five countries. MBDA and its partners - from Belgium: The Royal Military Academy, John Cockerill Defense, FN Herstal, Thales Belgium and Xenics; from Cyprus: Aditess, Cyprus Institute and SignalGenerix; From France: Novadem and Safran - together with the three subcontractors: MILREM (from Estonia), DELAIR (from France) and Carmenta (from Sweden) are now entering the negotiation phase for financial participation with the Commission.

The two-year project is estimated to cost 6.6 million euros, of which the EU plans to take on around 97 percent.

Gerhard Heiming