This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can develop the technology needed to counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS) and demonstrate how these can be integrated together to form a capable system.
Award: Share of up to £1.5 million
Opens: 12th May 2020
Closes: 21st Jul 2020
This is Phase 2 of DASA’s Countering Drones competition. In Phase 2, DASA seek to mature components towards military and security stakeholders future operational needs and where sufficiently mature integrate these technologies into a counter drone system; performing wide area detection, positively identify a threat, accurately track its location, successfully deny or defeat it.
There are three challenges in this competition that are consistent with and build on the Phase 1 themes. Your proposal must meet one or more of these challenges. They are:
Challenge 1 – Fixed Site Protection
This challenge is focused on providing protection from small UAS to fixed sites, including airfields, domestic infrastructure and large-scale deployed operating bases.
Technology solutions will be required to provide persistent protection, including the ability to:
Challenge 2 – Mobile Protection (mounted and dismounted)
This challenge is focused on providing mobile C-UAS solutions. The key requirement is for C-UAS solutions that have low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) and are operable in a moving, contested environment. The purpose is to enable them to be mounted on vehicles or carried by personnel, and provide mitigation of UAS whilst on the move.
Challenge 3 – Maritime Protection
The focus of this challenge is on providing C-UAS capability to Royal Navy ships. The need is for detection systems and effectors suitable for use in the maritime environment.
C-UAS will be required to:
There is further scope information on all 3 of the challenges here.
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Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved in previous phases to apply.
The total funding available for Phase 2 of this competition is anticipated to be at least £1.5M.
Individual proposals are expected to be in the range £250-£350K.
The upper-limit for this competition is £350K (ex VAT).
If successful, contracts will be awarded for a maximum duration of 12 months.
What DASA are looking for
DASA want solutions to benefit users working in UK defence and security.
Your proposal should include evidence of:
DASA are aiming to harness advances in integration, sensing, fusion, autonomy and non-lethal effectors to provide solutions to UK defence to counter an adversary’s use of UAS across the battlefield, while preventing or minimising collateral damage. Some of these developments may also be applicable to the security challenge faced in the civilian sector.
This could include systems or components that deliver or enable:
For this competition DASA are not interested in proposals that: