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EDINAF (European Digital Naval Foundation)

The project will develop the foundations of a digital ship and a ship digital architecture, implement a demonstrator infrastructure to deploy relevant Use Cases, embedding a digital ship platform & operation control system.

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The consortium proposes to launch the digital revolution for Naval Industry by developing fundamentals enabling this transformation through:

  • The development of a reference ship digital architecture offering a coherent set of resources, services and data solutions supporting the warship’s core operations
  • A digital platform specification as the standardized IT infrastructure derived from the reference architecture, considering common base services to be offered to user applications on new generation warship´s development
  • A new digital engineering adapting processes, methodologies and tools requested by an ever evolving and highly complex interdependent System of Systems during the 3 years project.

With the advice of seven European Ministries of Defence, EDINAF will work on four Blocks identified as being essential on the path to this digital transformation:

  • Identification of digital capabilities due to be provided by the core IT infrastructure for the Digital Warship;
  • Definition of the Digital warship core reference architecture, IT infrastructure and Demonstrator;
  • Identification of Digital Engineering Models for EDINAF, using Model-Based Systems Engineering;
  •  Building a transversal developer platform for use cases integration and demonstration.

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Project duration

2023 - 2025


European Defence Fund

Cooperation partners

NAVANTIA, S.A., S.M.E, AERTEC SOLUTIONS SL, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding B.V., Fincantieri S.p.A, Indra Sistemas, S.A., IRT B-COM, Jotne EPM Technology AS, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, LEONARDO SpA, Light Structures AS, MBDA France, Naval Group SA, NEDERLAND MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, Nederlandse organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, QRelation¸RENK GmbH, RH Marine Netherlands B.V., Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH, Saab Kockums AB¸ SINTEF AS, SINTEF Ocean AS, Stichting Maritiem Research Institute Nederland, THALES NEDERLAND B.V, The Shipyards' and Maritime Equipment Association of Europe¸Thyssenkurpp marine Systems GMBH, Universidade da Coruña, Università degli Studi di Genova, Université de Lorraine

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