Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 (AWE 17)
HM Armed Forces Testing New Battlefield Technologies
Over 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and 45 Commando, put new and innovative kit and capabilities through their paces at Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire in March 2017, as they took part in the third phase of the Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 (AWE 17).
AWE 17 has been at the forefront of the drive for world-class innovation at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in which businesses and organisations, both large and small, were invited to submit solutions to a range of ‘problems’ set by the AWE team and were able to compete on a level playing field.
A six-week long event, AWE 17 culminated in a day of demonstrations and industry stands set up around the village of Copehill Down on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, where visitors, both from the military and industry, were able to see the equipment at first hand and to talk to the specialist manufacturers and troops involved.
AWE 17 was a unique opportunity for the British Armed Forces to refine their future requirements by influencing the development of prospective new capabilities, and, in return, for industry to understand what the Armed Forces need.
Out of 275 initial submissions, 72 products, from a self-sterilizing water bottle and a 56 foot ‘EasiBridge’ were selected for the project. This week we will be looking at the new Black Hornet micro-drone, Deployable Situational Awareness systems, Urban Vertical Access climbing tools, and new All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) vehicles.
Photo: 51 Squadron RAF Regiment Gunners using Deployable Situational Awareness at AWE 17 by Jack Eckersley (MOD Crown 2017 Limited Re-use) DES-2017-093-0750.