AWE 17: 45 Commando Hands-On with Deployable Situational Awareness Device
British Army Warfighting Experiment 2017
The British Royal Marines 45 Commando have been using the new Deployable Situational Awareness (DSA) communication system at the Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 (AWE 17).
The Deployable Situational Awareness system is deisgned for communication in the warzone environment. The UK’s MOD has not released further specifications of the device. Like the other gadgets being tested at AWE17 it is described as next-generation technology.
More than 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and the Royal Marines 45 Commando, have been putting new and innovative kit and capabilities through their paces on Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire in March 2017, as part of the third phase of the Army Warfighting Experiment (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. From the 275 initial submissions, 72 products, from a self-sterilizing water bottle and a 56 foot ‘EasiBridge’ were selected for the project.
AWE has been a unique opportunity for the Armed Forces to refine their future requirements by influencing the development of prospective new capabilities, and for industry to understand the requirements of the Armed Forces.
AWE17 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.
Photo: British Army AWE17 Royal Marine with Deployable Situational Awareness device by Cpl Daniel Wiepen (MOD Crown 2017 Limited Re-use) APOSW-2017-018-AWE 2017-027