International NATO Meeting at Link Campus University

Link Campus University hosted one of the most technologically advanced companies in the Western world. The international meeting of the NATO study group SG-232 (Utility of Unmanned Vehicles in NATO ASW – Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations) which is operating under the NIAG contract (NATO Industrial Advisory Group) took place at the magnificent Casale San Pio V on 5 to 6 July.

The university contributes to the study through its prestigious Research Center in Intelligence and Safe Societies (CRISS) in the quality of the Scenario Team Leader (“Protected Passage, Sea Shield, Hold-at-Risk”).

Over  twenty leading companies from NATO member countries participate to the study group (including the Italian Leonardo, the French Thales, the German ESG and IABG, the English Atlas Elektronik UK, the Norwegian Kongsberg, the Turkish Aselsan and Havelsan, the Canadian General Dynamics and the American giants Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman), as well as the NATO Agencies IMS-PC and CMRE-Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation sponsor the research study. Launched in March, the study will be finalized within twelve months following several international business meetings yet to come. The final report shall demonstrate how the use of emerging technologies related to remote and / or autonomous piloted platforms (UxV) can contribute to NATO capabilities within ASW.

Making the use of its facilities available to the study group, Link Campus University also took this opportunity to present its scientific and technological capabilities in the sector in view of the future results of the ongoing research.

Through its CRISS, LCU is committed in numerous successful projects at European and international level, among which stand out, in addition to the mentioned NIAG study, those selected by NATO SPS (Science for Peace and Security) and the European Commission on the protection of critical infrastructures and “soft targets” against terrorist attacks:

  • MIDAS (Control of multiple mini-UAVs to support counter-terrorism missions) and WITNESS (Wide integration of sensor networks to enable smart surveillance), both funded by NATO SPS;
  • STEPWISE (Simulation, Training, and Evaluation Platform for the Protection of Crowded Public Spaces), funded by the ISF Police of DG HOME and involves the main public safety and first aid agencies.

The LCU’s decision, which also sits on the board of the European EOS security organization, to focus on NATO is part of the university’s larger strategy to strengthen and expand its collaboration with the world’s major industrial security players.