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Advancing Less Lethal Weapons

Opens:
20/8/2020
Closes:
15/11/2020
Sectors:
All
Defence and Security
Project Size:
£30,000 - £100,000

Summary

This DASA competition is seeking proposals for innovative technologies that allow law enforcement officers to safely prevent the escalation of conflict in serious or violent circumstances from a distance. The primary focus will be on solutions for distances between 5m and 50m (but solutions for distances between 0m and 70m will be considered).


At the end of the Phase 1 competition, DASA expect the innovation to be sufficiently developed to achieve either proof of concept or prototype demonstration, dependent on which track is chosen (see section 2 below). Additional funding for further phases to increase Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) may be available in the next financial year.


Eligibility

The competition is seeking solutions across a number of TRLs and will likely be run over 2 phases. Phase 1 will take place between December 2020 and March 2021 and aims to fund up to 9 bids. Phase 1 is divided into 2 tracks:

  • Phase 1, Track 1 (low TRL entry) - Track 1 will develop and validate the proposed technology to proof of concept stage over 3 months of research ending March 2021. The upper-limit for a single proposal in Track 1 is £70k (ex VAT). Suppliers successful at Track 1 may have the opportunity to enter a potential Phase 2 funded competition for further development of their solutions to provide a prototype demonstrator.
  • Phase 1, Track 2 (mid TRL entry) - Track 2 is offered for research and development of mid-TRL solutions to provide a prototype demonstrator after 3 months of research ending March 2021. The upper-limit for a single proposal in Track 2 is £100k (ex VAT). DASA anticipate proposals to be in the range of £40k to £70k (ex VAT) and they will be rejected if they exceed £100k (ex VAT).


Scope

This competition’s challenge is to identify and develop technologies that allow law enforcement officers to safely prevent the escalation of conflict in serious or violent circumstances from a distance. The primary focus will be on solutions for distances between 5m and 50m (but solutions for distances between 0m and 70m will be considered). The ability for the police to be able to initiate and/or maintain communication and visual contact with the subject is important and should form part of the technical solution or concept of operation; this could be via voice communication at closer ranges.


The key criteria Less Lethal Weapon systems will need to meet include:

  • The system should be able to accurately, reliably and temporarily stop a violent or armed individual from causing harm with a primary focus on solutions for distances between 5m and 50m (but solutions for distances between 0m and 70m will be considered)
  • The system must be effective against a moving target
  • The system must be of a size and weight commensurate with, or can be adapted to be carried / used for, normal policing duties including routine patrol, public order and firearms
  • The system must be reliable in use and consistent when activated
  • The system must have second or multiple applications readily available
  • The system shall be able to operate within weather conditions typical for the UK, including rain
  • The ability for the police to be able to initiate and/or maintain communication and visual contact with the subject is important and should form part of the technical solution or concept of operation; this could be via normal voice communication at closer ranges
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