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  • European Defence Fund – Next generation vertical take-off and landing systems – 2021

Topic: Next generation rotorcraft technologies

Funds for: doing research on future operating concepts (FOC) of military VTOL-systems.

Priorities and funded actions:


  • To prepare 2035/2040+ horizon, building European capabilities for new EU/NATO rotorcraft/VTOL programs, fully compatible to future multi-domain and air combat collaborative systems;
  • To increase the efficiency of European Armed Forces;
  • To increase strategic autonomy and competitiveness of the European defence community (i.e. industries and Nations, including academia/governmental R&T/T&E entities), aimed and capable to develop new technologies to be embodied into the future EU/NATO rotorcraft programs.


  • To support the competiveness and excellence of the European industry in this domain and the autonomy of EU in the field of military helicopters.

Among financed actions

  • Studies of the future operating environment (FOE) and the role and purpose of military VTOL-systems in this as SoS;
  • Studies of the future operating concept (FOC) including all levels of warfare: strategic, operational, tactical and technical;
  • Technological support to the evolution of state-of-the-art current helicopter/rotorcraft systems (including EU tilt-rotors and compound rotorcraft);
  • Studies of the required military capacities, the required industrial activities to develop and exploit these military capacities and the interoperability requirements.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: up 48 months.


  • Be a legal entity (public or private);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries.


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Sectors: Industry, Innovation, Justice - Security, New technologies, Transport

Beneficiaries: Research centres, SMEs

Regions: European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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