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New competition: The Invisible Battlespace

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new competition focusing on the contested electromagnetic environment.

The Invisible Battlespace

We are looking for ideas from the private sector and academia to help solve how UK Defence could take a radically different approach to conducting operations across or within the increasingly congested and contested electromagnetic environment.

This themed competition is focused on ideas on radio and microwave bands, offering £1 million available in Phase 1 with additional funding available for future phases.

This competition supports the Contested Electromagnetic Environment Programme with Dstl to develop new concepts in the electromagnetic environment to ensure the UK is prepared for future opportunities and threats. Innovative approaches are needed to ensure our Armed Forces and Security Services aren’t disadvantaged as the electromagnetic environment becomes more cluttered and challenging; for example, with radio wave interference. The known reliance of many military systems on the this spectrum makes it an attractive target for our adversaries.

This competition is now open. The competition document is available on the DASA website.

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Published 24 July 2018
Last updated 23 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Competition document now available.
  2. First published.