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Finnish firm Patria has joined a European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) programme to develop a next-generation radar network system to boost maritime surveillance capabilities.

The company is part of a three-country Northern-European co-operation between Estonia, Sweden, and Finland.

It is one of the members of a consortium comprising of Sweden’s Saab and Estonian companies CAFA Tech and Rantelon.

This Saab-led consortium has been selected by the EU for an EDIDP programme called Passive Acquisition by Digital Convergence (PADIC).

Work on the PADIC project will officially start later this year. It will involve the research, design, development, prototype and trial of a coastal radar network system.

The system will be developed to help address the evolving and emerging threats faced by the countries. It will feature an open architecture.

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PADIC programme’s duration is three years and will see the use of low-cost and commercially available passive radars in Europe.

According to Patria, the radars that will be considered for the PADIC project will be ‘spectrally non-congesting’ and resistant to ‘stealth attempts’.

The project will also make use of digitalisation to enhance performance.

Patria Systems Business Unit president Jonas Geust said: “We are extremely happy that our team’s expertise, our technological background and the commitments and contributions from the consortium member states were valued by the EU and now we can further develop these next-generation capabilities with our neighbours and with our partners.”

In April, Patria secured a contract from the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to deliver Patria Sonac ACS Acoustic Minesweeping Systems to the Royal Norwegian Navy.