LONDON The Ministry of Defence has awarded a three-year, £7.5million research programme for the next generation of sensor systems that will enable troops committed to close combat to better detect, recognize, identify and engage the enemy in close combat before they know what is happening.
The Sensor Systems for Close Combat (SS4CC) programme is being led by QinetiQ as the prime contractor teamed with SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems Ltd and BAE SYSTEMS' Advance Technology Centre. Expertise will also be sought from U.K. academia and smaller companies where appropriate.
Key elements of the SS4CC programme will be to investigate how troops can better conduct operations in complex terrain, particularly urban, while limiting collateral damage and casualties. It will also enable ground forces to be better placed to detect unconventional threats, particularly Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and asymmetric tactics and respond to rapidly evolving threats. The programme will also help deliver increased operational tempo in their war fighting role.
Eight inter-related work packages were identified as the main research threads in the ITT which encompass covert range-finding, near-field night vision systems and a host of urban sensors and electro-optic protection measures.