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New MoD SBRI Competition - Improving the Mobility of Land Forces

About the competition

The ability to move around and be effective on the battlefield at will is a critical requirement for UK Armed Forces.

To maintain this military advantage, research is required to generate new and improved capabilities.

This SBRI competition is looking for innovative proposals for technologies to improve the speed, agility and durability of land forces to manoeuvre across the battlefield.

Research proposals are sought which:

  • Reduce, or ideally eliminate, the need for soldiers to be on foot and exposed to hostile action, when surveying terrain and making assessment for ground manoeuvre.
  • Reduce the need for maintenance and in the field support for wheeled and tracked land platforms by improving their endurance and tolerance of the environment.

Although proposals are sought that would ultimately lead to exploitation in 2020 to 2035 (earlier maturation dates may also still find opportunities for exploitation), this call covers only the proof-of-concept stage research. Outputs are anticipated to include either paper concepts or component demonstrators that are sufficient to show the credibility of an eventual solution.  

Application to transport KTN members

This opportunity may be of interest particularly to those involved in remote monitoring, sensing, modelling, GPS, materials, design and logistics, but will doubtless have application across a far wider area for anyone with a capability to think laterally.

Drivers

Significant drivers across all potential proposals include low cost (throughout lifecycle), low burden, flexibility of deployment and use, and robustness.

Briefing seminar 29 May, Gaydon

Details of the problem area and the desired outcomes will be presented at a seminar at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, on Tuesday 29 May 2012.  Find out more about this event and book by clicking here.  The competition will open on this date.  Companies are strongly advised to attend the seminar to hear firsthand the military challenges. 

Find out more

More detail on the challenge is listed on the Technology Strategy Board website http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/sbri/improving-the-mobility-of-land-forces.ashx

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