Fundamental Science and Outreach for Civil/military Interoperability and Coordination


Target Orgs:
Category:Digitalisation, Green Transition

European Commission

Total budget:
Due date:13.10.2022 Single-stage
Grant min-max:
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Project results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes.

  • Civil–military coordination. Project results are expected to improve civil–military coordination at NM level, with shareable data on mission trajectories for better traffic prediction and airspace information exchange.
  • Security. While ensuring better coordination, project results will also ensure that the new data formats and information exchange services maintain at least the current level of confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.


The SESAR 3 JU has identified the following innovative research elements that could be used to achieve the expected outcomes. The list is not intended to be prescriptive; proposals for work on areas other than those listed below are welcome, provided they include adequate background and justification to ensure clear traceability with the R&I needs set out in the SRIA for the civil–military interoperability and coordination flagship.

  • Enhancing civil–military operations. Based on a survey of the existing procedures and services, this element will aim to identify new challenges related to the development of CDM processes for improved civil–military coordination, covering both manned and unmanned military assets. The research will investigate procedures, data formats (including the necessary levels of cybersecurity and data protection), dual-use technologies and information exchange services. An assessment of the relevant performance measurements will also carried out (R&I need: access to airspace and SWIM).
  • Access to airspace. In order to make optimal use of ATM resources shared with civil stakeholders, military access to airspace depends on the requirements and priorities of each mission. In that regard, high-level civil–military ATM interoperability is fundamental, and this can be achieved through civil–military CDM supported by common procedures, data formats and underlying information exchange services. New systems and procedures should be flexible enough to adapt to different operational scenarios and needs, and ensure optimal separation management (e.g. dynamic mobile area – DMA – type 3) taking into account different and coexistent CNS air and ground capabilities. This is a precondition for accommodating civil and military operations in the same airspace (R&I need: access to airspace and SWIM).
  • Performance management. Environmental sustainability, cost-efficiency and delays resulting from inefficient use of available capacity are concerns that all aviation stakeholders are responsible for addressing. The complex interdependencies between civil and military stakeholders need to be examined to enable appropriate performance measurement in a spirit of balanced consideration between commercial needs and security and defence requirements (R&I need: performance).

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