In April 2022, the two institutes were selected as test centres for new technologies from the NATO network for stimulating innovations in defense – DIANA. DIANA aims at closer collaboration between industry, startups and research organizations in order to develop the next generation of technologies. The partnership between GATE and the Institute of Defense is an example of this.

The two institutes will work side by side to test innovative solutions and thus raise Bulgaria’s prestige as a reliable ally in NATO. Our participation in the DIANA network also has the potential to attract new investments and provide Bulgaria with access to the latest technologies in the Alliance.