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The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is scoping the potential for funding opportunities to develop the use of robotic and autonomous systems in logistic convoy operations.

Summary

On behalf of the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD), DASA aims to better understand the current market capability of robotic and autonomous systems that potentially require further investment or experimentation by MOD. They are interested in both early technology and mature systems with the potential for integration onto military vehicles.

DASA are keen to explore the area further and better understand the operational limitations of different technological approaches.

This information will provide them with knowledge on the maturity of the solutions that currently exist, novel solutions in development and areas that potentially require further investment by MOD.

This request for information is not a commitment to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.

Background

Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) are expected to offer MOD increased efficiency and operational effectiveness. In the field of logistics, they are looking to operate with greater tempo, mobility and agility, but with reduced soldier burden by employing RAS technologies.

In particular they are seeking to understand the capability provided by RAS such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced autonomous distribution systems and to understand current early technology and mature solutions in this space. This includes autonomy enabled logistics convoys where RAS allows ‘intelligent trailers’ or driverless trucks to be linked together, thereby reducing personnel and fuel requirements, and more mature technology that might allow fully autonomous logistic distribution.

Key Areas:

1. Autonomous driving and navigation technologies; and
2. Leader-follower autonomy.

How to submit a Capability Submission Form

Responses to this market exploration must be submitted via the DASA submission service, for which you will be required to register.

There are 6 questions relating to your capability, where DASA are seeking to understand what and how much further development is required for a complete solution to all requirements, or whether a combination of separate solutions is required. The information you provide will assist in developing a statement of requirements for potential future activities. You will not be held to deliver to any of the timescales or cost estimates that you may give.

Please only provide details of one product/capability per form. If you have a number of potential solutions, then please submit multiple forms. If you have any questions, then please email accelerator@dstl.gov.uk with ‘Robotic and Autonomous Systems’ in the subject line.

Submissions must be submitted by Tuesday 29 September 2020.

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