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The Defense Research Programme FORTE is the first of its kind in Austria. It closes the thematic gap in national research funding programs in the area of security policy and complements the existing Security Research Programme KIRAS, which explicitly excludes genuine arms and defense research. FORTE effectively contributes to the protection of citizens and state and therefore promotes the compliance of an indispensable constitutional duty.


There is a close coordination concerning the content of the (funding-)activities between BMLRT and BMLV. Hence, the BMLV decides on the thematic funding priorities.

Safety Pin

Together, the Defense Research Programme FORTE and the civil Security Research Programme KIRAS form the „Safety Pin“, which concentrates all Austrian security policy research funding for efficiency-maximization and costs-minimization.

Funded Projects

The programme responsibility for the Austrian Defense Research Funding Programme FORTE lies with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism (BMLRT). The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the authority of the BMLRT carries out the programme management, particularly on the project level. 


MulTi-Sensorfusion for Navigation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Beyond GNSS-Denied Environments

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MOSKITO – Modular and open tool chain for the simulation of semi-autonomous convoying with non-emitting sensor technology

Implementation and demonstration of a simulation environment for virtual testing of autonomous vehicle systems in semi-paved and unpaved terrain…

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System for monitoring the real usage profile and optimization of maintenance and inventory planning of military land vehicles

AI based analysis of heterogeneous data sources, like sensor data and data from the vehicle control system, to capture a realistic usage profile of…

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Adaptive multi-modal network discovery for information assessment (AMMONIS)

The AMMONIS project develops services for the joint analysis of audio and text data using heterogeneous data sources. These services enable the…

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In the frame of NIKE BLUETRACK, an easily portable positioning and navigation solution will be developed for complex underground structures. The…

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OptoFence II - Detection, tracking and optical identification of UAVs using robotic telescope systems

This project aims at the development of a telescope based, mobile, optical system for detection, tracking and identification of UAVs providing an…

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