Organisations call apply for a share of £800,000 in Phase 1 of the DASA Countering Drone’s challenge to develop the technology needed to counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS).
Award: Share of £800,000
Opens: 9th Apr 2019
Closes: 29th May 2019
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.
There are three challenges in this competition that are covered in more detail below. Your proposal must meet one or more of these challenges. They are:
Challenge 1 – Next Generation C-UAS Technologies
This challenge is focused on providing robust cost-effective security from the threat of drones that offer significant improvement over current systems. DASA are interested in technologies that:
Challenge 2 – Advanced and Flexible C-UAS Integration
This challenge is focused on:
Challenge 3 – Countering the Future UAS Threat
This challenge is focused on developing capability to detect and mitigate threats from UAS acting autonomously in highly congested airspace, both singly and as a swarm.
With the rapid advances in artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML), sensing and navigation, future UAS are likely to have a high degree of autonomy. This may include capabilities such as:
There is further scope information on all 3 of the challenges here.
This is Phase 1 of the competition with £800,000 available. Phase 1 is expected to deliver proof of concept of proposed advanced technology components and subsystems, which could be developed and integrated into full C-UAS systems.
Individual proposals cannot exceed £100,000 and are expected to last up to 9 months. Proposals that exceed the £100,000 cap will be rejected.
Further phases are expected and will make the remainder of the total £2 million allocated to this challenge, available.
What are DASA looking for?
Your proposal should include evidence of:
The aim is to harness advances in integration, sensing, fusion, autonomy and non-lethal effectors to improve the ability of UK Defence to counter an adversary’s use of UAS across the battlefield while preventing or minimising collateral damage.
Some of these solutions 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: