As part of the technology foresight programme that Isdefe and Fraunhofer INT are developing for the European Defence Agency (EDA), a seminar was held on 18 October to identify the new materials that the armed forces will be using by 2050.
Twenty-five experts from various European defence ministries, the US Department of Defense and industry analysed the effects that advances in potential, innovative materials could have on military operations in the next 35 years in areas such as reducing soldier loadout, increasing clandestine and protective capabilities, and increasing the service life, logistical aspects and functional capabilities of new land, air and naval platforms.
The panel noted the importance of long-term strategic planning for research and development in this field, especially in the area of additive manufacturing of advanced, functional and structural smart materials.
Isdefe and Fraunhofer INT have been supporting the EDA in surveillance and technology foresight since January 2015 through various projects. In this regard, of note is the development of the EDA’s technology forecasting system and the organisation of several seminars, like those on future materials and autonomy in defence.
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