Finland is set to participate in three research and development projects carried out under the European Defence Agency (EDA).
Finland is providing approximately €1.5m of funding to contribute to the €20m total estimated cost of the three projects.
The three EDA projects will focus on developing means to transfer underwater networked acoustic data, improve 3D printing methods and ensure wireless tactical data transfer.
Participation in the European defence research and development serves the defence research needs of Finland.
Cooperation between Finland and the EDA will offer benefits such as broader and more in-depth views on research problems and support networking with other European cooperation partners.
The EDA has been functioning under the council of the European Union (EU) since 2004 to support member nations in the development of their military capabilities.
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In addition, the defence agency plays a major role in developing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), in addition to developing the EU’s defence dimension.
All EU countries apart from Denmark take part in EDA activities that promote cooperation, support new projects, and generate solutions to develop defence capabilities.
The agency also plays a critical role in developing resources for the common defence and security policy.