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UK DASA launches competition for developing survey system for troops

13 Jan 2021 (Last Updated January 13th, 2021 14:22)

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in the UK has launched the second phase of a competition that seeks to develop a survey system for armed troops.

UK DASA launches competition for developing survey system for troops
Army engineer looks over river crossing. Credit: © Crown copyright.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in the UK has launched the second phase of a competition that seeks to develop a survey system for armed troops.

The Map the Gap Phase 2 competition builds on the achievements of Phase 1 and aims to further develop a surveying technology that will help the soldiers safely and stealthily advance over water.

The competition is run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

In Phase 1, the programme had indicated the feasibility of integrating existing sensors to delivery platforms to collect the physical gap measurements.

Phase 2 of the competition will assess submissions on how the technology can be further developed to achieve an in-service capability system.

Funding of £2m was also allocated to finance multiple proposals.

DASA delivery manager Robert Hammond-Smith said: “Current methods of surveying water crossings expose the soldier to danger at the forward edge of the battlefield, and risks compromising the potential crossing point by revealing our interest in that location.

“We are seeking collaborative technology solutions that reduce the burden on the soldier, enabling better decision making and reducing the incumbent risks.

“We aim to put those solutions into the hands of our soldiers more quickly by asking our friends in academia and industry to work together on ideas so that DASA can accelerate solutions to a higher level of readiness.”

The completion is expected to close on 9 March 2021.

DASA is the innovation hub of the UK MoD and funds potential technologies that can provide the UK Armed Forces with a strategic advantage over adversaries.