The Ministry of Defence has launched a £2m competition for proposals to tackle the threats posed by UAS.
Organised by DASA, the Defence and Security Accelerator, it is seeking robust and cost-effective next-gen solutions.
It is part of a move from the MoD which is looking to develop new defensive capabilities which draw upon autonomous decision-making mechanisms and networked sensing systems to detect, track, identify and defeat hostile UAS.
Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As the security threats from hostile drones are evolving at pace, it’s critical that our armed forces benefit from the very latest technology to stay ahead.”
He added: “This competition will draw on the brightest and best of our defence industry to find innovative solutions that will ensure we are protected in the years to come.”
The competition is the latest stage in Defence Science and Technology Lab’s (Dstl) ongoing research programme into Countering UAS which has been running for ten years.
Today’s call is focused on tackling the challenges of current and future UAS capabilities.
Phase one, which will deliver proof of concept of the proposals, will be worth approximately £800k and is scheduled to take place from July 2019 to March 2020.
The total funding for the competition is expected to be at least £2m, split over multiple phases.