• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Seeks novel technologies to create a small, simple, remotely-controlled sensor platform that can maintain capability after assault from the detonation of a buried charge.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: £500,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition, with a further £500,000 for Phase 2.

  • Opens: 04 Dec 2014, 14:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 19 Feb 2015, 17:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Highly robust ground platforms

SUMMARY

MOD logo£500,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition, with a further £500,000 for Phase 2.

MOD's Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security. 

This competition seeks novel technologies to create a small, simple, crewless sensor platform (vehicle) that can maintain capability after assault from the detonation of a buried charge.

Specifically, the challenges are to identify and develop sensors and components that are inherently robust against blast and shock damage, and to design and build proof-of-concept demonstrators. These must:

  • move under remote control
  • remotely control a camera
  • transmit the image information from the camera to a base station

The demonstrator must be optimised against assault from a buried charge. Each demonstrator will be tested by Dstl. This will involve being exposed, while active, to successively increasing buried charge detonation.

A further £500,000 will be available for a second phase which will develop either the most successful of these concepts, or an amalgamation of the best principles and features from all of them, into a very high survivability platform. 

This competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on Tuesday 13 January 2015 - registration is open at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cde-innovation-network-event-13-january-2015-london

Further details and call documentation can be accessed via: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cde-themed-competition-highly-robust-ground-platform

Technical team email: aandpstcenquiries@dstl.gov.uk

This CDE themed competition will close on Thursday, 19 February, 2015 at 5pm.

All proposals must be submitted via the CDE Portal.

Application process

This competition is run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise. 

Close Date:  19 February, 2015

Contracts awarded: TBC

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/centre-for-defence-enterprise

e-mail: cde@dstl.gov.uk

Call: 01235 438 445