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08 June 22. DASA supports Dstl to supercharge science and innovation for defence and security.
Demonstrating to government and industry how DASA is helping deliver innovation for a safer future.
Innovation experts from the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) participated in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Supercharging Science engagement day, held in Newport on 7 June 2022.
The event set out the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) most ambitious science and technology (S&T) programmes to date with details on Dstl’s technical challenges and requirements.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin gave a keynote during which he also previewed the Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP), a new UK-wide initiative from DASA, which will launch this summer.
DTEP will fund and support collaborative projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and higher-tier Defence suppliers and help them win new business delivering against MOD’s technological priorities.
Presenting at the event Tom Adamson, DASA Innovation Partner for Wales and Anis Mourad, DASA Access to Mentoring and Finance Partner for the Devolved Nations both spoke about the different routes to engage with DASA, the additional support DASA offers to help innovators build the business behind their idea and provided more insight into DTEP.
Tom Adamson, DASA Innovation Partner for Wales said:
Collaboration is central to DASA’s role in finding and funding innovation to support the defence and security of the UK. We were delighted to take part in Dstl’s Supercharging Science event with government and industry working together to use science, technology and innovation to secure strategic advantage for the UK. DASA is committed to supporting innovation and we look forward to officially launching the Defence Technology Exploitation Programme in the near future to further support innovators in how they can work with the Ministry of Defence.
08 June 22. Undersea technology makes a splash at UDT 2022.
UDT 2022 takes place 7-9 June in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
: Exhibitors from around the world have gathered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to showcase the innovative undersea technologies that will support maritime operations in the underwater domain over the coming decade.
The second day of the exhibition began with a visit from Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Sweden, who was welcomed to the Saab stand for a briefing on next-generation submarine capabilities.
The conference got underway with the Host Nation Keynote Panel with Eric Toebast, Captain NL MCM Service, Royal Netherlands Navy; Leendert Dorst, Deputy Hydrographer, Royal Netherlands Navy; Sander Kool, Commanding Officer, Defence Diving Group; and Martin Streefland, Lt Commander, DHC/7SQN of the Royal Netherlands Navy discussing ‘the Challenges in the Underwater Space’.
On the show floor, military diving was in the spotlight with a number of exhibitors. Avon Protection is supporting requirements to expand military diver operational envelopes with its MCM100 Multi-Role Rebreather; and Northern Diver is showcasing its complete diver navigation system which combines Dive Thruster wearable personal propulsion system with NimrodV2 navigation system. On the JFD stand the company is showcasing Submarine Rescue and Special Operations capabilities including the Shadow Excursion and Shadow Back Mount underwater life support systems; while UWIS has introduced a new underwater tracking, navigation and communication system – UWIS System – for diving and ROV operators and their management.
Remote and uncrewed systems are on display at L3Harris, including the HunterWater organic unmanned vehicle for the detection, classification and neutralization of mines; while Greensea Systems launched a newly incorporated subsidiary, Bayonet Ocean Vehicles, to develop, manufacture and distribute a new line of amphibious crawler robot vehicles. Hydromea launched a new rim-driven thruster, DISKDRIVE 80, designed to deliver up to 60N of thrust for small vehicles where space is limited.
In the communications, navigation and sensing space, Raytheon Anschütz shows its new warship electronic chart display and information system (WECDIS), which provides a multitude of naval features for operation in special missions, including navigational and tactical overlays and waterspace management. Subnero is displaying its Subnero Underwater Network (SUN) which won DisTech Undersea Challenge; while Sercel is showing acoustic positioning and communications solutions and passive monitoring solutions. MIND Technology is displaying a number of sensing solutions on stand, including the Sea Serpent Passive towed or deployed acoustic surveillance system, and Mako Integrated sonar payload, and sidescan and gapfiller with real-time ATR for small and medium-size AUVs.
Underwater countermeasure solutions are also on display on the RTsys stand, including the company’s MCM ecosystem that comprises the SonaDive hand held sonar for EOD divers and Special Forces, the comet-MCM light AUV for MCM operation up to 300m depth, and the NemoSens Micro AUV for very shallow water applications including beaching operations, harbour survey, and preparation before amphibious operations.
06 June 22. European VIPs line up for UDT 2022 conference.
UDT 2022 takes place 7-9 June in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Defence leaders from European government and military forces will lead discussions at UDT 2022, when the undersea defence community reunites in Rotterdam on 7-9 June.
Within the overarching theme of The Grey Zone, speakers from across Europe’s naval forces and government ministries will be joined by industry partners and think tank representatives to discuss the six conference pillars of Platform Design, Sensors & Processing, Weapons & Countermeasures, Uncrewed, Remotely Piloted & Autonomous Systems, Operational Drivers & Imperatives and Artificial Intelligence & Big Data.
The Day one keynote panel will be delivered by Rear Admiral Huub Hulsker, Deputy Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, who will be joined by Mr Vasco Pizzinato, Senior Combat Officer, NFS Programme Division, OCCAR, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jon Pentreath, Senior Land and Naval Adviser, Clarion Defence & Security, for the keynote panel.
Day two’s keynote panel discussion will bring together Captain Eric Toebast, NL MCM Service of the Royal Netherlands Navy, with Dr Leendert Dorst, Deputy Hydrographer of the Royal Netherlands Navy; Commander Sander Cool, Commanding Officer of the Defence Diving Group; Lt. Commander Martin Streefland, DHC/7SQN, Royal Netherlands Navy; and Commander Pieterbas Peters, Commander of ME Submarines, also of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
On the morning of Thursday 9 June, the final keynote address will be delivered by Matt Smith, Director of Analysis, Shephard Media on ‘Market drivers of submarine design’. He will then be joined for a panel discussion by Vice Admiral Kari Takanen, Former Commander and Chief of Defence Command, Finnish Navy, Captain (N) Eugene Pel, Project Leader, DMO, and Captain (Ret.) David Wilkinson, Naval Adviser, Clarion Defence and Security.
Other highlights from the conference include ‘Future MCM in combination with old fashion MCM: Augmenting Autonomous Systems’ from Dr Alain Maguer, Engineering and IT Department Head, NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and Commander Jonas Forsmark, Policy and Plans Department, Swedish Armed Forces HQ; and ‘ROVs for submarines: Systems of systems integration for ROV and AUV operations’ from Nils Størkersen, Director of Research, Division for Maritime Systems, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Commander Tobias Söderblom, Head of Underwater Materiel Section, Swedish Naval Staff.
Elsewhere, key speakers from across the three day programme include Wenche Oxholm, Senior Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, who will present on ‘Anti-Submarine Warfare – Measures of Performance’; Tim Vickery, Senior Principal Advisor at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), who will speak on ‘Directed Energy Weapons for Submarine Defence’; Chris Parnell, Technical Partner, Platform Systems Division, Dstl, on ‘Design Of Submarine Command And Control’; and Ove Kent Hagen and Kristoffer Engedal Andreassen from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), who will present on ‘Terrain Navigation Techniques for AUV MCM Operations’ and ‘Simulations Of ASW Operations In The Littoral Zone’, respectively.
To see the full conference agenda and register to attend UDT 2022 visit: https://www.udt-global.com/register
04 June 22. 12th Annual Warrior Competition. Over the last few days some 40 Special Operations teams have been arriving at KASOTC in Jordan for the 12th Annual Warrior Competition, reports Bob Morrison.
After a two year postponement caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the rescheduled 12th Annual Warrior Competition is about to commence tomorrow, Sunday 5th June, at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital city of Amman. Earlier today I watched the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony and the dynamic display as well as meeting up with a few old friends from the international SpecOps fraternity. I also grabbed the opportunity to introduce JOINT-FORCES to Team Captains from a number of countries we have not previously worked with and, if all goes to plan, we might have the chance to shoot images for a couple of new Kit & Camo articles later in the competition.
So far I have already spoken to Team Captains from twenty visiting nations, from Armenia through to Vietnam, and there a couple more registered international teams which I did not manage to track down today. In addition to teams from the Middle East, including the home nation of course, there will be participants from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and South America so it looks like being a really interesting competition. Unfortunately some old friends from previous years, including China’s Snow Leopards, Lebanon’s Black Panthers and teams from the two North American countries are not participating this year but their places were quickly snapped up; it will be interesting to see how well some of the newcomers fair and if they bring something fresh to the party.
It is my intention to bring regular updates from KASOTC over the course of the next week ~ insha’Allah, as they say in this part of the world ~ but as I have been burning the candle at both ends of late, fresh content uploads on other topics might be a bit sporadic for the foreseeable future. I still can’t believe I was sitting delayed on the tarmac in Plovdiv in Bulgaria as midnight approached on Thursday night, having spent two days covering the HEMUS 2022 expo, and yet just before midnight on Friday I was touching down in Amman having breakfasted in Luton before travelling down to Heathrow for my next flight. Now that the pandemic appears to be under control and life is returning a little closer to normal, 2022 seems to be flashing past in a blur! (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
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