Defense, Maritime Safety and Security

Maritime areas are a vital part of the European economy. Almost 90% of the European Union's external trade and 40% of internal trade is carried by sea. Today, the protection of the world's maritime routes is considered to be one of the essential elements of the security of States and their citizens.

54 Projets funded

73 Labelled projects

5 Collaborative platforms

224,76 M€ Budget of labeled projects


Scope, a growing need for solutions


This strategic action area covers all means, products, and services for surveillance, prevention, planning, and action ensuring at sea and on the coast:

  • The defence of sovereign interests and rights of States and the maritime defence of the territory.
  • The fight against illegal and malicious acts.
  • Risk management and environmental protection
  • Respect for public order and control of fisheries
  • The safety of people and property.

Markets in the making


This strategic action area addresses global market segments differentiated by their business models: B2G for sovereign actors such as the armed forces, police, coastguards and customs of States and B2B or even B2C for non-sovereign, i.e. all private and legal persons with a maritime activity.

Defence, Safety and Security are essential to all maritime activities from an economic, environmental, and societal acceptability point of view. At the national level and per year, the economic weights of targeted sectors are of €34.2 billion for defence in 2018 and targets 2% of GDP by 2025, €37 billion for security - other segments: Naval : €9.5 billion, Seafood: €8 billion, Environment: €10 billion.

Major technological innovations


Technological challenges combine the development of innovative solutions and services with an economically viable model for public and private stakeholders:

  • Improvement of radar, optronics and sonar sensors performance and operating modes;
  • Networking of sensors and merging of information;
  • Data enrichment for operator decision-making support and drone autonomy;
  • Upgrading the throughput, range and security of data transmission, particularly for e-navigation and cybersecurity;
  • Dronization of surveillance and intervention means carriers;
  • Big Data processing and storage
  • Smart objects
  • Contribution of Artificial Intelligence in the automatic processing of data and in decision support.A vast industrial network


With major players such as Naval Group, Thales, Airbus, Dassault, ECA, CNIM, Atos, Nexeya, and many others, as well as hundreds of SMBs and major players from the academic world, including universities and schools as well as EPICs such as ONERA, IFREMER, CEA and also CNES, CNRS, etc., the regions served by the Pôle Mer Méditerranée cluster are hosts to the largest number of useful skills  for this strategic action area. Today, 100% of the Large Groups and more than 70% of the cluster's member SMBs in this strategic action area have a direct or indirect impact on the international market.

Some numbers showcasing this economic importance for our regions: The French Navy alone represents more than 12,000 jobs, Naval Group, which is the largest employer in the Var, also represents more than 3,000 and the DGA more than 1,500.

The most recent projects

  • In search of financing
  • In progress
  • Finished