The Government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking to harness new technologies in a move to “counter and adversary’s use of UAS” as part of a new competition.
It specified a range of areas of recent technological advancement such as sensing, autonomy, AI and non-lethal effectors as methods it would consider.
To be put to use to improve safety within the UK and abroad, DASA confirmed the safety must be achieved while preventing or minimising collateral damage.
Describing what the project is looking for in more depth, the announcement detailed it would be focusing on next generation C-UAS and future threats from UAS such as swarms autonomy and congested airspace.
The competition is expected to have a number of phases.
The first step is intended to demonstrate proof of concepts that can be further developed and integrated during later phases.
Then, successful projects in the first phase may be encouraged to work with other suppliers in future phases in order to integrate solutions into a deployable system.
It is hoped that successful projects will be able to be demonstrated at key showcasing events in 2020.
The total funding for this competition is expected to be at least £2M, split over multiple phases with the total for phase 1 is expected to be at least £800K.
DASA expected the competition o open in April 2019 when the full document will be released online.