MBDA has been awarded a contract by the UK MoD’s DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) to launch a new tranche of research and technology (R&T) under the aegis of the MCM-ITP (Materials and Components for Missiles - Innovation and Technology Partnership) research and technology programme.
Over the last six years, and with an annual budget of approximately €13 million, the programme has supported over 100 state-of-the-art research projects. The partnership community has developed and now includes over 100 industrial partners, SMEs, research centres and academia in France and the United Kingdom. The unique MCM-ITP business model, which sees industry contributing 50% of the funding, is the benchmark for research and technology development in the defence sector and now continues into a second phase through to 2015 and beyond.
MBDA and the MCM-ITP industrial consortium are now opening an annual call for research proposals, during December 2013. Commercial and academic organisations wishing to participate can visit the MCM-ITP website for further details (www.mcmitp.com).
Commenting on this latest MCM-ITP development, Steve Wadey, MBDA Executive Group Director Technical and Managing Director UK, said:
“The principle of the MCM-ITP programme is unique in the Defence sector allowing France and the United Kingdom to collaborate closely in their Research & Technology objectives. At its heart is the drive for innovation and we allocate 30% of the funds to SMEs and public and private laboratories. Preparing the right technologies for the future generation of missile systems with high levels of innovation provides a foundation for a competitive and integrated industrial base in France and the UK.”
Date: Dec 16, 2013