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Royal Navy backs MoD initiative to see Defence and industry work closer

Integrated Warrior launches at Shrivenham
28 February 2020
The Royal Navy is looking to work closer with industry partners and academia to ensure its future needs for technology and equipment are met.

The move is part of the Ministry of Defence initiative, Integrated Warrior which is encouraging defence to work closer with industry in order to develop the right equipment for the future operating environment.

Held at Shrivenham in Wiltshire, the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, Stratcom, Joint Warfare and DSTL used the day to network with industry experts and outline their future concepts and capabilities.

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Sutherland Royal Marines, from the Royal Navy’s Maritime Capability (MARCAP) team, said the event was about improving the ‘long look’ relationship with industry and academia, and testing our concepts to understand if and how they will best provide us with an operational advantage.

Integrated Warrior is a great opportunity for industry, academia and Defence to share their ideas, understand requirements, develop solutions and test them quickly to understand where we should be investing public money wisely.

Major Iain Sutherland

“Establishing a common understanding of the future, and our part within it will help us and those within the wider Defence Sector have a better understanding of what we want and need,” he said.

“Integrated Warrior is a great opportunity for industry, academia and Defence to share their ideas, understand requirements, develop solutions and test them quickly to understand where we should be investing public money wisely.

“The Navy’s own technology accelerators such as NEMESIS, NavyX, MarWorks, DARE, NELSON and OCTO are already developing some great capabilities in support of our transformation priorities which include Operational Advantage in the North Atlantic, Future Commando Force and Carrier Strike.”

During the event, the Royal Navy stand had various pieces of equipment on show including the unmanned underwater vessel Remus, tactical precision strike Hero missile system and Anduril’s unmanned aerial vehicle.

Going forward, Integrated Warrior will see industry and the Royal Navy work together on trials and experimentation of new technology to see how the equipment would work for frontline services.

Lt Col Sutherland added: “We don’t hold all of the answers and will need to be more collaborative if we want to want to be able solve some of the challenges we face in the future development of the Royal Navy.

“Events such as Information Warrior, Advanced Autonomous Force 2.0, and Commando Warrior have already seen the Royal Navy and Royal Marines work alongside industry experts and partners, and similar experimental exercises are planned in the future – we need to keep up this momentum going in order to get after our future capability faster.”

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