The UKDSC have been working with the Army, MOD DIU, and BEIS on progressing the Energising Defence Mandate and the 7 innovation focus areas as follows:
- Special Electric Vehicles
- Bases & Infrastructure
- Defence Supply Chain & Circular Economy
- Extreme Energy Architectures & Components
- Dismounted Soldier & Remote Sensors
- Maritime Future Power Challenges
- Aircraft Future Power Challenges
The most prominent of these is the future of Special Electric Vehicles in Defence. As a result the first phase intervention saw an Advanced Propulsion Centre competition (now live) for ‘Advanced Route to Market Demonstrators (ARMD)’ now including ‘Military Vehicles’ as in scope.
This work is envisioned as a first baseline phase on which 2nd stage funding can be brought into focus, where potential platforms form the basis of iterative end-to-end investment to grow towards full capability which delivers Operational Advantage, Efficiencies and meets emerging legalisation. It is envisioned that some of the future investment will be focused on growing the baseline capability towards a higher level of TRL maturity working closely with the Army, but also that there will be other spin-out interventions on lower TRL challenges as well as those which are cross-cutting across EVs and the Defence lines of Development.
For more details on the ARMD competition see: Click Here