INTRACOM DEFENSE (IDE) signed a € 9.7 million Grant Agreement with the European Commission for the funding of the LOTUS – Low Observable Tactical Unmanned System program, which was approved last July, following an evaluation by an EU Committee of Experts, in the framework of the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP).

The program concerns “LOTUS” – Low Observable Tactical Unmanned System, which employs a number of innovative characteristics, such as:

Stealth properties, hiding it from enemy forces

Stand-off operational capabilities, away from enemy threats

Airworthiness and interoperability based on NATO standards

Reliable communications

Extensive adoption of Artificial Intelligence algorithms

Cybersecurity and Expandability to support additional missions

The uniqueness of LOTUS lies in the fact that some of the platform’s advanced features cannot be incorporated in already existing designs, providing LOTUS with a strong competitive advantage.

The LOTUS program will be based on prior experience and know-how acquired through the collaboration of IDE with key partners in previous RPAS (drone) designs, such as:

HCUAV, which has already been succesfully flight-tested

DELAER, which is expected to perform flights next year.

Greece is presented with a unique opportunity to demonstrate the country’s industrial capability to develop state-of-the-art technologies and manufacture composite materials, its ability in the implementation of secure communications as well as in the coordination of domestic and foreign partners by the private and public sectors.

The consortium of the LOTUS program is coordinated by IDE and comprises of industrial, scientific, and military entities from Greece (IDE, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, ALTUS, CFT, University of Patras and the Hellenic Air Force Telecommunications and Electronics Depot), Cyprus (SignalGenerix, Cyric and Geoimaging), Spain (Embention) and the Netherlands (RHEA Group).

Through its participation in the program, the Hellenic Ministry of Defence will be able to field its respective operational requirements, achieve its self-sufficiency within a 5-year plan, bypassing the obstacle of non-controlled critical systems, and soon acquire a Greek system to meet its confirmed needs in the most efficient way possible.

About IDE

INTRACOM DEFENSE (IDE), a subsidiary of Intracom Holdings, is a highly acclaimed Greek company in the field of Defense Systems, with an outstanding export activity. IDE utilizes cutting-edge technologies in the design and development of advanced products in the areas of Missile Electronics, Tactical IP Communications and Information systems, Integrated Surveillance Solutions, Hybrid Electric Power Systems, and Unmanned Systems.

IDE has a place on NATO’s official list of suppliers, participates in international projects and has succeeded in leading European projects funded by the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP), in the field of Defence. The company’s extroversion, reliability, and quality are proven and documented with all the valid international certificates and the honorary distinctions that it has received throughout its course.