AWE 17: Urban Vertical Access for 1 Mercian
British Army Warfighting Experiment 2017
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (1 Mercian), put the DMM Urban Vertical Access tools through their paces at the Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 (AWE 17). Urban Vertical Access is a high-tech city climbing system, although the UK’s MOD are not releasing any specific details of its capability.
Over 200 personnel 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 they took part in 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.
DMM Urban Vertical Access was one of 275 initial submissions to AWE17, and one of only 72 products selected for testing at the event.
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.
The ‘Experiment’ 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: Soldiers from 1 Mercian test DMM Urban Vertical Access at AWE17 by Cpl Daniel Wiepen (MOD Crown 2017 Limited Re-use) APOSW-2017-022-AWE 2017-030 [Labelled “Royal Marines” on MOD website; “1 Mercian” on British Army website.]