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EU countries seek advanced ground combat capabilities

15th December 2022 - 14:00 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City

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EDA member states have been investing in autonomous capabilities. (Photo: French Army)

In order to plug capability gaps highlighted by the war in Ukraine, European governments aim to invest in cutting-edge weapons and data management systems, artificial intelligence and next-generation armoured vehicles.

The war in Ukraine has been shedding light on the importance of advanced capabilities for deployment in ground conflicts. To ensure they are prepared for future warfare and high-intensity conflicts, European countries are seeking ways to improve their land forces inventory.

The military spending of European Defence Agency (EDA) member states set a record in 2021, reaching €214 billion ($226 billion).

Procurement of defence equipment and related research also hit an all-time high, €52 billion, of which 82% (€43 billion) was allocated for procurement and 18% (€9 billion) for R&D. In the coming years, EDA countries are expected to raise their

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Flavia Camargos Pereira is a land reporter at Shephard Media. She joined the company in …

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