£3.5m investment for smarter missile systems

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The Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been awarded £3.5m to develop innovative new missile systems.

Known as the Co-operative Strike Weapons Technology Demonstrator (CSWTD), the Dstl-led project will explore how inter-missile communication can enable the weapons systems to work together and also improve the performance of current systems.

The project aims to increase the flexibility of missiles, ensuring that they can react to a changing threat or situation as it emerges, and improve their responsiveness. It will change the way missiles operate together with an upgrade to the software system that allows this co-operative behaviour.

Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin said: “Drawing on the vital expertise of our Dstl scientists, innovative new missile systems will enhance our current capabilities as Defence adapts to meet future threats. With an investment into research and development, this project highlights the central role science and technology plays in informing how our assets operate.”

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