The objective of the Defence Innovation Challenge is to contribute to accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capability requirements. The challenge is also intended to further expand the innovation eco-system by supporting Startups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), awarding the ‘top finishers’ package to up to ten proposals and providing them a stage to show their solutions to relevant audiences. The winners may subsequently be invited to bid for a contract in this area.
The Defence Innovation Challenge 2020 welcomes proposals which focus on improving the performance of radar. Solutions will address one or more of the following:
- Correlate Aerial Discovery Radar outputs, combining real-time outputs from two or more radar sources to produce a single, combined result aircraft position.
- Automatically convert aircraft plots (location) to tracks (vector).
- Provide confidence levels of their outputs.
- Operate in bad weather conditions or spoofing.
- Be capable of modification to operate on civilian or non-civilian radar data.
Solutions may use artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms to approach these challenges, but solutions are not limited only to these technologies.
Selected submissions will be evaluated in a virtual pitch session planned for late summer. Exact date and practicalities will be communicated to the participants in due course.
An impartial, NCI Agency-led Selection Board will judge the submissions and pitches. The Board will include experts from across NATO and AFWERX, a United States Air Force organization focused on innovation. All submissions will be judged against the criteria listed below.