DASA is seeking to engage with industry and academia to identify, develop, and demonstrate to the military logistics community, innovations that have the potential to deliver a step change in military logistics capability across the Maritime, Land and Air domains.
Award: Share of up to £800,000
Opens: 11th Feb 2021
Closes: 25th Mar 2021
The focus of this competition is on innovative autonomy and automation (including automation for additive manufacturing) for future Deployed Military Logistics Hubs. The primary aim is to inform future military user requirements pan-domain (Maritime, Land and Air), at this time, procurement of successful solutions or further development funding cannot be guaranteed.
This competition covers two areas of innovation: autonomy and automation, and additive manufacturing. Proposals which are relevant to either or both of these areas are welcomed.
2.1 Autonomy and Automation
Developments in Autonomy and Automation in recent decades, particularly in sensors and processing capabilities, have led to an increased ability for autonomous and automated systems to operate in a range of challenging environments. Dstl is seeking to understand how developments and innovation in the commercial logistics industry and conceptual thoughts within academia could be exploited to make Defence Support more effective, and enhance efficiency and safety.
2.2 Additive Manufacturing
Defence has increased its understanding of how, where and when to best make use of additive manufacturing capabilities, which has highlighted key challenges that Dstl is seeking to better understand. For instance, generating detailed technical specifications for legacy spares (where three-dimensional digital models are not readily available), and conducting Acceptance Testing of parts in-field or at deployed locations before fitting. The requirement for these capabilities at deployed locations, with constrained availability of space and skilled and qualified people, makes compact and highly automated facilities highly desirable. Deployed additive manufacturing has the potential to be utilised in the Maritime, Land and Air Domains.
For this competition DASA are not interested in:
DASA are open to, and encourage, innovative approaches. Suppliers may submit multiple separate proposals for different solutions, but must make it clear where there are interdependencies across solutions and what the financial and capability benefits would be for funding multiple interdependent proposals.
Supplier proposals must include evidence of:
The total funding available for this competition is £800k. It is most likely that a larger number of lower-value proposals (for example £40k to £80k ex. VAT) will be funded than a small number of higher-value proposals. If successful, contracts will be awarded for a maximum duration of 21 weeks.
Additional funding for further phases to increase TRL may be available. Any further phases will be open to applications from all suppliers and not just those that submitted Phase 1 successful bids.