DASA seeks windfarm mitigation tech for UK air defence

Posted on 29 March, 2021 by Advance 

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has announced Phase 2 of the competition Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence, offering up to £3.6 million for technologies that mitigate radar risk of offshore windfarms.

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The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are pleased to announce the continuation of the ‘Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence’ competition.

Phase 2 of competition will launch on 20 April 2021, building upon the UK government’s commitment towards a greener future while retaining the invaluable protection that radar provides.

Total funding of up to £3.6 million over two financial years is available for Phase 2 of the competition, from which DASA expect to fund 5-6 projects.

The closing date of Phase 2 is 15th June 2021.

The continued development of wind turbine sites can have an adverse impact on civil and military air traffic control, and air defence surveillance. If you think you have an idea that can be developed to support the coexistence of offshore windfarms and UK air defence systems, DASA would like to see your technology in Phase 2 of the competition.

The Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence competition seeks proposals that can develop technologies to permit the coexistence of future offshore windfarms alongside UK air defence surveillance systems.

Innovations DASA are looking for:

alternative technologies that could reduce radar clutter caused by offshore windfarms

improvements to the probability of intruder detection

the capability to fill or remove gaps in radar coverage.

alternatives to radar

solutions to the cumulative effect of windfarm development

metasurfaces applied to, or alterations to the design of, the wind turbines

alterations to the initial radar signal or radar station or processing of the return

The competition is funded by the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and is undertaken in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and DASA.

Suppliers can take part in Phase 2 of the competition if they were not involved in Phase 1. Additional funding may be available for future Phases of this competition.

In Phase 1 DASA awarded contracts to Thales, QinetiQ, Saab, TWI and Plextek DTS to fast-track their ideas for technologies that can mitigate the impact of windfarms on the UK’s air defence radar system.

Further guidance on applying for Phase 2 will be available in April.