Millions of pounds have been allocated to defence firms to boost the MOD’s capability on the “modern battlefield.”
The MOD and Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge has invested over £10 million in cutting-edge technology like laser radars and Artificial Intelligence.
What is the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP)?
The Defence Growth Partnership allows the UK government to collaborate with leading companies from the UK defence industry.
The initiative was formed to meet the challenges of increased international competition for defence business.
Innovation Challenge Winners
Innovation Challenge winners will provide solutions to key strategic future demands for UK defence in autonomy and big data. Winners include:
- Close Air Solutions with Project Hyper Real Immersion
- QinetiQ’s Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR
- Horiba Mira’s UGV Localisation and Perception using Deep Learning Neural Networks
- Polaris’ Ants on Deck
QinetiQ has designed a solution with a range of high-tech capabilities. Moving forward, the MOD will have access to 3D imaging, optical communication and covert targeting thanks to the services QinetiQ provides.
Speaking about this investment Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said:
“From shrewd navigation software, AI-driven autonomous vehicles, laser radar to mixed reality training systems, today’s winners are a clear demonstration of industry rising to meet the complex challenges of modern warfare. The MOD, working with commercial partners, will see these pioneering technologies go from the drawing board to the battlefield.”
Work with the MOD
The MOD wants to encourage collaboration between large organisations and SMEs, making now an excellent time to look for defence opportunities through DCO.
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