The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is set to launch the second phase of the ‘Don’t Blow It’ competition.
DASA has called on organisations to submit expressions of interest for the competition’s launch event on 1 October this year.
The ‘Don’t Blow It’ competition seeks to safely eliminate chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield.
The UK Ministry of Defence-backed government organisation is looking for proposals for novel technological solutions and approaches to access, disable and / or permanently destroy munitions.
The competition will cover chemical and biological munitions, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) containing chemical and biological agents, and containers of bulk agents.
DASA completed Phase I of the competition and a Collaboration Day was conducted in May.
Under Phase II, the organisation will provide up to £1.5m to fund emerging innovations at technology readiness level (TRL) 3 upwards to enable the development of full-scale prototypes.
In a statement, DASA said: “Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, all member states are obligated to destroy any chemical weapons they own or possess, or that they abandoned on the territory of another member state.
“Whilst destruction technologies exist for this purpose, they are not appropriate for use in all circumstances. Recent events have increased focus on developing a toolkit to enable rapid and effective disablement or irreversible destruction of smaller caches discovered in resource-limited environments.”
The solutions should be able to ultimately enable rapid, effective and flexible destruction methods, and reduce logistical support requirements.
Furthermore, the solutions are required to deliver other enhancements such as optimising ease of operation, transportability and ruggedness of the equipment.
Participants in the second phase of the competition should focus on a system solution.
To achieve this, companies are welcome to collaborate with other partners.
‘Don’t Blow It’ is jointly funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense.