A counter drone technology competition has been allocated an extra £1.5 million by the UK’s Home Office.
The Defence and Security Accelerator’s (DASA) Countering Drones competition is in its second year, with the first concluding in March 2020.
The competition is a joint effort on the part of the Home Office, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).
The Home Office and DfT putting in this additional funding brings the new total to at least £3M.
A statement on the UK Government’s website said: “We anticipate that this should more than double the number of proposals that the Government will be able to award for this DASA competition.
“In light of this additional funding, the deadline for this competition will be extended by 10 days: proposals for funding to meet these challenges must be submitted by Friday 31st July at midday (BST) via the DASA submission service.
“For this new funding, we are particularly keen to hear from industry and academia who have innovative solutions to respond to domestic security needs, in addition to the needs already published.”
The Government launched a second competition alongside the inaugural Countering Drones event last year, which it will not be doing this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Read more about last year’s autonomous recon competition below: