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DASA Protecting Physical Assets

Fund Name

DASA Protecting Physical Assets from UAS Attack

Project Length

8 months

Project Value

£150k

Deadline

13.06.2024

The DASA competition seeks proposals to improve physical defensive countermeasures against kinetic attacks by Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS). Unlike conventional methods that target UAS in flight, this competition emphasises safeguarding assets through methods like asset hardening, last-ditch defence, and automated alerts for incoming hostile UAVs.

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Fund details

DASA is looking for proposals that will contribute to at least one of the two challenges below:

Challenge 1: Protecting a static asset 

This challenge is focused on protecting temporarily static or permanently fixed assets from hostile UAS, including assets that are either important to the functioning of a site or may pose a hazard to life or other assets if targeted in an attack. The solution should be deployable in a covert manner, easily hidden or masked so that basic reconnaissance will not result in the threat actor redirecting a mission to avoid the physical countermeasures deployed. An ideal solution should be rapidly deployable by a remote operator if there is a credible UAS threat inbound.

Challenge 2: Protecting an asset on the move

This challenge is focused on providing protection from hostile UAS to a moving asset. This might include a land or maritime vehicle, a convoy of vehicles, or a person. DASA need a solution that can be deployable in a covert manner, easily hidden or masked so that basic reconnaissance will not result in the threat actor redirecting a mission to avoid the physical countermeasures deployed.

Your proposal should include evidence of:

  • methods of robustly denying current and next-generation drones from kinetic attacks against a range of assets
  • solutions against threats from different-sized UAS, with varying payload capabilities
  • solutions that can protect a range of asset sizes
  • low cost solutions
  • limited training and operator burden
  • working designs at at least TRL 4 or 5
  • TRL 8 or 9 solutions which have been designed for other industries, which have not yet been tested for, but are expected could be applied to, the C-UAS market
  • theoretical development, method of advancement or proof of concept research which can demonstrate potential for translation to practical demonstration in later phases
  • innovation or a creative approach
  • clear demonstration of how the proposed work applies to any defence and security context
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