Roke Awarded UK Sensor Research Programme Contract

              Roke Awarded UK Sensor Research Programme Contract

  PR Newswire

  ROMSEY, England, March 14, 2013

ROMSEY, England, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Roke Manor Research Limited (a Chemring Group company) has been awarded a
three-year, £5 million research contract by the UK Government's Defence
Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Under the Dismounted Close Combat Sensors (DCCS) Research Programme, Roke will
lead a team of specialists, drawn from across industry and academia, to
assess, mature and integrate innovative sensor technology for the dismounted
close combat infantry soldier.

An important goal of the programme is to develop an open system architecture,
in line with the developing Generic Soldier Architecture (GSA), to allow for
the integration of multiple sensor-based subsystems, such as acoustic, thermal
imaging and RF subsystems. The system would enhance situational awareness,
facilitate collaborative targeting and increase operational tempo, while
minimising the size, weight and power burden on the soldier.

The DCCS Research Programme Team comprises Roke as prime, SEA and QinetiQ,
performing a comprehensive system integration, architecture and
experimentation role. The team will work with a wide range of technology and
exploitation partners, in an open framework, to assess and integrate sensor
technologies. Roke will also work closely with Dstl to ensure the objectives
of the programme are met.

Dr David Massey, Programme Lead for Dstl's C4ISR Domain, stated: "The DCCS
research to be delivered by Roke is an important programme for the Ministry of
Defence. The intent is to develop the UK's dismounted soldier as an integrated
sensor capability within the wider ISTAR enterprise, thus providing him with
greater local and shared situational awareness whilst increasing his overall
combat effectiveness. Over the next three years, Roke, along with its
partners, will be developing the key low-power, low-weight sensor and
processing technologies that will realise the benefits envisaged."

"Dstl encourages all sensor technology suppliers with potential offerings to
contact Roke with details as to how they may be able to contribute to the
programme," Massey said.

James Fisher, Business Sector Manager at Roke, said: "The team will be casting
the net wide to identify novel sensor technologies, developing them into
workable solutions that improve military capability and therefore maximise the
return on this programme's investment.

"As a team, we will deliver a complete range of industry and technology
expertise that will optimise the programme's results. Roke has a proven
pedigree of complex, consortium-based research activities. Coupled with our
industry-leading capabilities in the soldier sensor technology space, we have
a thorough understanding of how to exploit research to deliver effective
technologies," concluded Fisher.

About Roke  http://www.roke.co.uk

Roke, based in Romsey, Hampshire, is the principal electronics research and
development centre of Chemring Group Plc. Founded in 1956, Roke is one of the
UK's leading suppliers of innovative solutions and contract R&D, pioneering
developments in electronic sensors, networks and communications technology. It
employs 450 staff and has over 430 patents to its name.

About Dstl http://www.dstl.gov.uk

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) maximises the impact of
science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying
sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and
wider government. It starts from the presumption that work should be conducted
by external suppliers unless there is a clear reason for it to be done or led
by Dstl. At present, around sixty percent of the approximately £400 million
Defence Science and Technology Programme, managed through Dstl, goes to
industry and academia to deliver. Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD, run along
commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations
dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with around 3,700 staff at
its three main sites: Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near
Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.

Contact: Russell Hardy, Roke, +44(0)1794-833000, russell.hardy@roke.co.uk
 
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