British Army Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD2018) at Millbrook

Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD2018)

DVD2018 Focuses on Innovation and Army Transformation

The theme for DVD2018 is “Innovation Today and Tomorrow”, looking at how current capabilities can be utilised more creatively and how novel solutions can enable the Conceptual Force Land 2035 programme.

Innovation today and tomorrow: exploiting current capabilities more creatively and identifying novel solutions to enable Conceptual Force Land 2035.

DVD2018 has brought together industry and defence in the land equipment sector at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, on 19 and 20 September. It is intended to showcase the equipment and technology that can support a British Army that is fit to meet future challenges and embrace the need for continuous evolution.

The event, jointly sponsored by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and the Army Headquarters, will focus on 21st Century Manoeuvre and the importance of Army innovation to its future delivery and transformation.

Innovation can be achieved through technological innovation of equipment and systems – which will be exhibited at DVD2018. However, change could also be realised through innovating how equipment is procured, stored, held at readiness, deployed, operated and supported on operations, and could include a holistic review of the workforce required to conduct these activities – be they military or contractor solutions – as part of the Whole Force Approach.

Colin McClean, Director Land Equipment, explains: “DVD2018 is an opportunity to demonstrate the vital contribution capability innovation and industry collaboration can make to enable an affordable and sustainable Army ready for the challenges of the future.

“Those attending will be able to see a wide range of equipment on display from industry and the military, with more than 250 companies expected to exhibit at DVD2018. Displays will include mobile vehicle demonstrations, equipment suppliers, spares provisioners and service providers.”

Industry Experts Speak for First Time

For the first time at DVD2018, industry experts will take partin speaker sessions toencourage debate on the challenges faced by teh British Army.

The MOD is inviting industry to challenge its preconceptions by discussing alternative solutions and clearly evidencing how the solution could be delivered to support training, force preparation and/or can be deployed in a mobile operational environment.

Short presentations will be delivered on four key themes:

  • Reducing Logistic Need (RLN). RLN is a significant challenge – enabling manoeuvre, supporting the strike concept with enhanced reach and agility, set within the context of the current financial pressures. RLN will consider improvements to support solutions for land systems, ideas to reduce both logistic demand and efficient supply, the need to develop Logistic Information Exploitation (Log IX) systems, and appropriate people to manage and deliver agile logistic solutions.
  • DEEP operations. The deep battle focuses on an enemy’s uncommitted forces. As part of developing the deep battle improvements in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities and Mobile Fires Platforms are envisaged.
  • Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) systems. The development of C4I systems and investment in our ability to communicate and to share information will complement the Army contribution to the Joint Force Capability.
  • Year of Engineering and STEM development. The Year of Engineering is a government campaign that celebrates engineering. It forms an important part of our Industrial Strategy, which is committed to boosting engineering across the UK. This campaign includes activities to highlight the need to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and improve awareness designed to inspire interest in these sectors. 

Year of Engineering

2018 is the ‘Year of Engineering’ with DVD2018 being presented as the ideal platform to recognise the Army’s commitment to encouraging more young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and related careers within the Army. DVD2018 will welcome a number of engineering undergraduates, who will have the unique opportunity to access the end-users of equipment, those who make decisions on acquisition and industry, all in one event.

This year’s DVD theme is all about innovation.

Army Engineering Champion, Major General Mark Gaunt explains: “This year’s DVD theme is all about innovation.  How can the Army be more creative with what we currently have and the means by which we support it?  What new and emerging technologies are out there that the Army should be looking to exploit?  Our discussions at the show therefore need to be about good ideas, problem solving, thinking differently, being creative and challenging norms, both today and in the future.

“It is my hope that exhibitors and visitors alike will seize the opportunity to talk to each other about how engineering careers are future-facing, offering young people variety, creativity and excitement, and to forge some new ideas about how we can continue STEM development in 2019.

“With UK and international companies represented, absolutely cutting-edge technology on display and the opportunity to see some remarkable pieces of equipment in action, I can think of no better showcase for the Year of Engineering than DVD2018.”

Visitors will experience a full agenda over the two days. They will have the opportunity to interact with Defence industry exhibitors, showcasing the equipment, innovative technology and support solutions that might meet the future Land equipment requirements.

Sources: DVD2018 to Focus on Innovation and Army Transformation; A First for DVD2018 as Industry Experts are asked to speak; New Additions to DVD2018

Image: soldiers from C Sqn Household Cavalry Regiment with their Scimitar Vehicle during Exercise IRON SCOUT 3. The Household Cavalry Regiment is an Armoured Cavalry regiment formerly equipped with CVR(T) Scimitar recognisance vehicles, since upraded to the new AJAX vehicle, that allow the Regiment to project forward large distances and provide the forward recognisance for 1 (Armoured) Brigade. (Crown copyright, 2016)