CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS) will provide a rapidly deployable CBRN detection and incident management capability as an operational plugin module for widely varying military operations. It will consist of a modular federation of systems such as sensors that will be mounted on manned and unmanned platforms, communications, and a network distributing relevant data to compile a Recognized CBRN Picture. CBRN SaaS will enable operations that endure over prolonged periods. Operators utilizing the sensors will work at safe ranges wherever possible. The Recognized CBRN Picture will enable knowledge-based decision making by leaders and support the mission of saving lives.
Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia as well as the Czech Republic and Slovakia as observers will develop CBRN SaaS. Together these six nations constitute the Central European Defense Cooperation (CEDC) that is renowned for its CBRN expertise. France (member) as well as Italy and Romania (observers) complement the nine-nation project team.
Moreover, CBRN SaaS is fully in line with the 2018 CDP revision and complementary to several first round PESCO projects (e.g., European Medical Command, Deployable Military Disaster Relief Capability Package). CBRN SaaS will leverage insights gained from the European Defense Agency’s CBRN Joint Investment Program and will provide maximum coherence with NATO standards.
CBRN SaaS will accomplish Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by 2020 and identify further capability and technology development trajectories to achieve Full Operational Capability thereafter. IOC will consist of a system prototype linking sensors on manned and unmanned systems to produce the Recognized CBRN Picture that can be integrated into a Common Operational Picture. This system prototype may also be used in the field under controlled conditions.
Armed forces will be fully integrated into developing CBRN SaaS to
Achieving IOC will require a one-digit million euro amount. The lion‘s share will be needed for information management and to develop the required sensor-to-platform mix as well as mutual adaptations of sensors and unmanned systems. Participating nations apply for co-funding by the European Commission under the new European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP). Funding will be needed to cover developments in 2019 and 2020. The technology and political cooperation roadmaps of CBRN SaaS will outline how the program could be continued under the post-2021 European Defense Fund.
Service-Oriented Architecture, Systems Integration
Bruker, Frequentis (industry lead), Gamma Technical Corporation, HM EI
Sensors, Sensor Data Analytics/Fusion, Picture Compilation
Arctur, Bruker, Gamma Technical Corporation, IOS Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors
Unmanned Systems, Decontamination Solutions
Austrian Institute of Technology, C-Astral, DOK-ING, Emtronic, Gamma Technical Corporation, Schiebel, Taurob
Information Technology, Secure Communications
Frequentis, HM EI