09/11/2010 - Centre for Defence Enterprise
The Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise and Counter-Terrorism Science & Technology Centre invite research proposals to develop technology that can assist the Armed Forces to deliver less than lethal effects in current operational situations, thereby minimising the risk of civilian casualties.. This research call closes 12 noon on 9th Nov.
There is a need for new less than lethal technologies that allow for an escalation of force in the face of suspicious activity. This could involve confronting suspects approaching on foot, or those who may be using a vehicle or motorcycle. A flexible set of less than lethal options will minimise (ideally avoiding) any impact on bystanders or other collateral effects and reduce the risk of inadvertently using lethal force. Solutions are required for use by the UK Armed Forces on current operations in a variety of situations involving both dismounted (on foot) and mounted (in vehicles) patrols through to deployment at fixed military installations. Innovative solutions are required offering enhanced ability to deliver visual and auditory warnings, deter people from approaching when instructed not to, disrupting the enemy’s ability to monitor friendly force activity and to stop or physically detain people/vehicles if needed. The desired effective range for each effect varies, but in all cases there is a requirement to achieve ranges in excess of current capability.
This subject covers a wide range of topics across this sector and will be of interest to a large spectrum of SMEs, academia and industries.
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is the Ministry of Defence’s gateway for UK industry, academia and innovators to help ensure our Armed Forces are best equipped now and in the future. CDE provides a rapid response to anyone with an innovative idea, potentially supporting them with a range of advice, assistance and research funding.
Less Than Lethal Escalation of Force - CDE Call Document - Issue 1 12 Oct 2010