26th June 2023
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to launch a new Themed Competition called, ‘Affordable and Adaptable Unmanned Air Systems Autonomy’. Funded by the Army Rapid Innovation and Exploitation Laboratory (ARIEL), a part of the Army’s Futures Directorate, this competition seeks proposals that can help UK Defence develop affordable and adaptable autonomous air systems (UAS) to boost the British Army’s domination of the “near surface” (0-10,000ft above ground level) in future conflicts. The goal of this initiative is to counteract the proliferation of adversary UAS capabilities while taking advantage of emerging technologies.

DASA will host a Q&A webinar on 5 July along with a couple of 20 minute 1-2-1 teleconference sessions held on 10 and 11 July to offer an opportunity to ask your specific questions to the competition team.

 In Short:

  • Up to £800,000 (ex VAT) is available to fund multiple proposals
  • The deadline to submit a proposal is midday 27 July 2023
  • A Q&A webinar to discuss the competition requirements will take place on 5 July 2023
  • 1-2-1 sessions to discuss your specific questions will take place on the 10 and 11 July 2023
  • This competition has two challenges:
    Challenge 1: low-cost reliable effects
    Challenge 2: low-cost survivability

Do you have an innovative idea for an autonomous air system that can increase unit reach and impact, all-the-while maintaining affordability, reliability and capability? Submit your solution to uphold UK advantage over adversaries.

 Learn more and submit a proposal!

Participate in our Q&A and 1-2-1 Sessions

DASA will host a Q&A session on 5 July where you can learn more about the competition requirements and ask your questions in an open forum.

Additionally, you can sign up to a series of 20 minute 1-2-1 teleconference sessions held on the 10 and 11 July for the opportunity to ask specific questions directly to the project team.

 Register for the Q&A Webinar 5 July
 Register for a 1-2-1 Session 10 July
 Register for a 1-2-1 Session 11 July

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