The TALOS (Tactical Advanced Laser Optical System) project will develop and demonstrate some of the most critical Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) technologies paving the way to the design and build of an EU high-power laser effector to be integrated in military applications by 2025.
AERTEC will participate in the TALOS project as target vulnerability specialist.
TALOS will lead to the development of a compact design laser able to quickly and precisely neutralize an agile target (i.e. RAM -Rocket Artillery and Mortar-, UAV -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-) while significantly minimizing collateral damages. The solution can also be integrated on different platforms (maritime, land and air payloads).
TALOS brings together 16 beneficiaries and 4 linked third parties from 9 European countries and is a well-balanced mix of industrial and academic capabilities:
Optronics and laser technology developers:
- AMS Technologies – Poland
- ArianeGroup – France
- CILAS – France
- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) – Germany
- Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences (IPE) – Czech Republic
- MBDA France, UK and Italy
- Military University of Technology (WAT) – Poland
- Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) – France
- Université de Limoges (UNILIM) / XLIM – France
- Airbus Defence and Space- Germany
- CMI Defence – Belgium
- Leonardo – Italy
Target vulnerability specialits:
- AERTEC – Spain
- MBDA France
- QinetiQ Limited – United Kingdom
New security technologies specialists:
- Stelar Security Technology Law Research UG (STELAR) – Germany
End-users relationships experts :
- Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelik Onderzoek (TNO) – Netherlands
Management of large European collaborative projects experts :
- ERDYN Consultants – France
CILAS, expert in laser and optronics, will lead this project which will last 3 years with the aim of making an innovative technologies demonstration in the field of laser and propagation and of proposing a roadmap. Some partners have great capabilities on other weapon systems. This will enable the consortium to develop a laser effector complementary to other effectors on the battlefield.
The PADR is part of wider EU initiatives: the European Defence Research Programme (EDRP) and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) conducted by the European Commission.
The objective is twofold: to foster defence strategy autonomy of Europe and to ensure alignment of the defence capabilities of Europe.