Portugal was chosen to host two defence innovation centres under the NATO Innovation Accelerator, “Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic” (DIANA). These infrastructures are expected to start operating in 2023.

The DIANA project is an instrument that aims to accelerate the development of emerging and disruptive technological solutions within NATO, mainly dual-use technologies with application in security and defence.

Portugal will receive an “Accelerator Network Site” and a “Test Centre”, to be installed at Arsenal do Alfeite, S.A., in Almada, and at the Navy Operational Experimentation Centre, in Tróia, respectively. The setting up of these structures in Portugal represents a relevant opportunity for the Portuguese defence economy and its approach to the innovation network that is now born in the Alliance.

Among the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Portugal was one of the countries with two approved candidacies.

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NATO’s current presence in Portugal includes the “Joint Analysis & Lessons Learned Centre”, in Lisbon, the Communications and Information Academy (NCI Academy) and the command of the “Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO” (STRIKFORNATO), in Oeiras.

Portugal is part of the group of 12 founding members of the Atlantic Alliance, along with Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the USA. The Alliance currently includes 30 allies.

April 4th marks the 73rd anniversary of the signing of the Washington Treaty, which established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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