EC - Horizon Europe logo

Deadline: Mar 16, 2016  

 Horizon Europe

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Performance requirements for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems are becoming increasingly complex and demanding considering convergence towards a common infrastructure, and a unified concept of operations (CONOPS) across the different (COM, NAV and SURV) domains.

The project activities will aim at enforcing the new technical capabilities to fully meet the requirements derived from operational needs, taking into account the new emerging CNS technologies.

Civil military CNS interoperability aspects and technology convergence will aim to focus on surveillance and mission trajectory information exchange in relation with the SWIM services.


Communication, Navigation and Surveillance domains are viewed both independently and, given increasing reliance on common infrastructure, as an integrated CNS domain.

Communication domain solutions:

  • Future Communication Infrastructure (FCI) Terrestrial Data Link: L-DACS (L-band digital aeronautical communications system) and digital voice.

  • Future Satellite Communications Data link: SATCOM / ESA Iris;

  • FCI Network Technologies incl. voice solution and military interfacing;

  • Development of new services similar to Flight Information System-Broadcast (FIS-B) to support Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions for General Aviation;

  • Completion of AeroMACS development.

Navigation domain solutions:

  • Multi Constellation / Multi Frequency (MC/MF) GNSS: Standardization developments for multi-constellation GNSS;

  • Alternative Position, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT): DME, IRS hybridization, Multilateration, LDACS, Mode N, etc. or their combinations.

Surveillance domain solutions:

  • Surveillance Performance Monitoring notably for new surveillance systems (WAM, MSPSR, ICNS, space-based ADS-B);

  • New use and evolution of Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Surveillance.

Integrated CNS domain solutions:

  • CNS environment evolution, CNS avionics integration, CNS ground segment integration.

The project will make sure that GA/R and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) needs are integrated within the CNS solutions development.

Expected Impact:

The following primary impacts are expected: efficiency, capacity, safety, and cost effectiveness. More generally the CNS improvements will result in a change in the current CONOPS.

Public link:   Only for registered users

Looking for a partnership?
Have a look at
Ma Région Sud!