DASA are seeking innovations to help develop a novel craft to enable Commando Forces to safely and rapidly insert themselves into high-threat environments.
Award: Share of up to £350,000
Opens: 19th Oct 2022
Closes: 10th Jan 2023
DASA’s new Themed Competition seeks innovations to help develop a novel craft to enable Commando Forces to safely and rapidly insert themselves into high-threat environments.
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to launch a new Themed Competition, Novel Amphibious Craft. Run on behalf of the Defence Innovation Unit, this competition seeks innovative technologies which can feed into the development of a Novel Amphibious Craft concept to enable Commando Force to safely and rapidly insert themselves into high-threat environments.
The future craft needs to:
The Commando Force needs the ability to insert troops and equipment that are fit to fight into high-threat environments safely. However, advances in coastal defences mean that an amphibious assault relying on outdated technology and concepts can be deterred, disrupted, and defeated.
A bold new approach is required to overcome these modern threats. Innovative technologies will enable the Commando Force to reach further, move faster, and strike decisively without being detected.
This competition aims to investigate and accelerate innovative solutions that will help meet operational requirements and achieve mission success, including feeding into the development of a Novel Amphibious Craft. DASA is seeking to address the following challenges:
Proposals need to develop robust, reliable and durable systems that can be operated by Royal Marines and maintained by Royal Navy Engineers in harsh remote environments.
The competition is looking for innovative and effective technologies that can be easily manufactured, repaired and maintained at scale once developed.
This competition has two themes. Suppliers can apply for funding in either theme.
Theme 1 aims to address the following technical challenges faced by the capability:
Theme 2 aims to design a craft capable of delivering the complete capability defined above. This is a lower TRL theme up to TRL 4 (proof of concept); designs and concepts with a realistic pathway of delivery will be considered.
Your proposal should include evidence of:
Successful bids must include provision of suitable supplier-provided test facilities and supplier-provisioned test instrumentation, vehicles and all associated materials.
As part of this process, suppliers will be required to provide risk assessments and sufficient documentation to confirm the safety of their system to project staff and must adhere to the regulations within Defence Maritime Regulations.
For more information on DASA’s Novel Amphibious Craft competition, visit this link.
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