Fraunhofer Segment for Defense and Security VVS

We carry out research into the security of mankind, society and the state – for a life of freedom In times of social and political unrest, defense and security become increasingly important. We develop technologies, products and services for the early detection of dangerous situations, so that they can be counteracted, consequential damage can be minimised and, as a result, the overall level of risk can be reduced.

The Fraunhofer Segment for Defense and Security VVS pursues research and development in the areas of defence and civil security. Our wide-ranging expertise and research have delivered highly practicable solutions and operational support, both at the national and international level. In defence technology, our excellent judgement and consultancy skills make us indispensable independent experts and partners of the German Ministry of Defence. We research and develop technologies and system solutions for the Ministry and for government bodies that are answerable to it as well as for the German Armed Forces. Our technical solutions and systems in civil security are designed to deliver the best possible protection for society.

We cover the interests and activities of our member institutes, acting as their representative both within and outside the organisation. We create joint benefits through mutual support, by complementing one another professionally, through a division of labour and by coordinating the areas in which we specialise.

Areas of application

  • Systems and technologies for use on land as well as in the air, water, space and cyberspace
  • Information gathering, provision of information and decision-making support
  • Networked operations
  • Protection and impact
  • Electronic warfare
  • Cross-system technologies
  • Resilience and protection of critical infrastructures
  • Combating of terrorism and crime
  • Border security
  • Crisis and disaster management
  • Digital transformation


European Defense Research and Innovation Network starts work

Shortly before the official launch of the first European defense research program, which the new EU Commission will launch in 2020 as part of the European Defense Fund (EDF), Europe's leading research organizations are joining forces in a new network. The European Defense Research and Innovation Network (EDRIN), headed by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and TNO, will now begin its work in order to provide strategic and content-related support for research policy issues and to give RTO’s a strong voice. The EDRIN, which currently consists of six large RTO’s, will be expanded in 2020 with additional partners from all over Europe.


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Protection and security

A new era, new challenges, new solutions