One of the tasks of the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster (CDICC) is to actively identify, coordinate and develop strategic projects of interest to the whole Sector of defense and security, primarily those related to investment in research, technological development and innovation.
We are particularly striving for projects to be in line with the selected thematic priority areas of the
Smart Specialization Strategy of the Republic of Croatia 2016-2020 (RIS 3). For the operations and project preparation of the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster, the most important Thematic Priority Area of the Smart Specialization Strategy is the thematic area SECURITY.
The Republic of Croatia is the only EU member state that has decided to develop the SECURITY tematic AREA through investment in R & D and incorporate it into this key strategic document for EU Funds usage.
The SECURITY area is divided into 3 key areas that have proven capabilities in research, technological development and innovation projects, both from industry sides and from the perspective of the academic community.
3 The key areas under the SAFETY S3 Strategy Areas are :
Defence technology and “dual-use” products
Mine Action Area
Strategic PNI Projects
Within framework of operational enforcement of Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020, Priority Axis 1b/Specific objective 1b2 it was envisaged to establish specialized innovation infrastructure – Competence centers as strategic projects of national interest (PNI). According to Terms and Conditions of the announced public Call to establish and support Centers of competence in Croatia, this strategic innovation infrastructure could not be established without the formal approval (in form of obtaining label of industrial importance) from at least one of Competitiveness clusters.
Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster selected and labeled project of the Competence Center, CEKOM NP 4.0. Industry 4.0 and Process Automation.
Creating project pipeline in the new financial period of use of ESI Funds 2020-2030 and the European Defense Fund presents next-generation task of the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster and one of the key goals of Cluster activities in the future.
List of contracted and labeled Strategic (PNI) projects of Croatian Competitiveness Cluster of Defence Industry:
ŠESTAN – BUSCH d.o.o. – „Multifunctional protective helmet“ – „more about“..
HS Produkt LTD. – Project CEKOM NP 4.0 „more about“..
Dok-Ing LTD. – Remotely controlled autonomous vehicle against Nuclear/Mine/Biological threats „more about“..
IRI Center of Competence for R&D activities within Defence dual-use area „more about“..