The Ministry of Defence has a requirement for a man portable capability to “Defeat” autonomous, small (NATO Class 1) Unmanned (Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing) Aircraft Systems (sUAS) by a kinetic effect “Hard Kill” solution which is not reliant on RF jamming technology.
• Identify what capabilities Industry has to meet the requirements in the immediate future, for delivery within 2022;
• Identify what Industry is developing to meet the requirements in the near future, for delivery within 2023.
• Identify technologies with the development potential to evolve to meet emerging threats, beyond 2023.
The event will comprise of two stages, detailed as follows:
“Stage 1: Presentation Companies will deliver a 30-minute presentation of their product via virtual conferencing (e.g. Microsoft Teams), covering functionality, feasibility, technological robustness, deliverability, and development potential. This will allow companies with either Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products or products in development to present their solutions.
Stage 2: Demonstration Companies who have presented a product suitably safe and sufficiently developed to be operated on a Trials Range will be invited to demonstrate their capability within a 1-hour timeslot in a live environment.”
The demonstration will entail each product supplier operating their C-UAS system to engage a Class 1 target UAS approaching from a distance of 500m.
“The target set will take the following format, with the effectiveness being determined upon the incremental reduction in target difficulty. If the target is defeated on scenario 1 or 2, scenario 3 will not be performed.
Scenario 1: 500m to 100m, evading manoeuvres to target.
Scenario 2: 500m to 100m, direct line to target.
Scenario 3: 100m to 20m staged approach, left-right traverse, then stationary at each 20m increment, tenderers will be given 1 opportunity at each stage to defeat the drone.”
The location of the industry event is still to be determined, however this will likely to be on Salisbury Plain Training Area.
“Event Target Target drones falling under NATO Class 1 mini (<15kg) classification will be utilised. Event Administration and manning Industry participants will be self-sufficient during the event. Specific arrangements will be announced once the level of response has been determined. It is anticipated the Industry Event will be held over several days with companies only required to attend on one day.”
Timeline for this project.
1) Deadline for registering interest for the Industry Day – 24-09-2021
2) Industry Engagement via MS Teams – WC 27-09-2021
3) Industry Demonstration – Live – WC 18-10-2021
4) DPQQ Publication – Estimated October 2021
5) Tender Publication – Estimated December 2021
6) Contract Award Date – Feb 2022
Back in 2019, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) announced that it has awarded nearly £2 million in contracts to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones.
David Lugton, competition technical lead, said:
“The introduction of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones, has been one of the most significant technological advances of recent years and represents a shift in capability of potential adversaries.
The threat from UAS has evolved rapidly and we are seeing the use of hostile improvised UAS threats in overseas theatres of operation. There is a similar problem in the UK with the malicious or accidental use of drones becoming a security challenge at events, affecting critical infrastructure and public establishments; including prisons and major UK airports.”
Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year by the then-Defence Secretary. You can read more here.