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Security & Defence

The UK is committed to spending a minimum 2% of GDP on defence over the next decade, and at least 20% of that spending on equipment. This commitment represents spending some £186 billion on defence equipment and support in the ten years from 2018/19. In addition, the UK is the second largest defence exporter, winning defence orders worth £14 billion (2018).

Security & Defence

To maintain the safety and security of both the public and visitors to the UK, police, intelligence agencies and the private security sector is supported by a vibrant UK SME security sector which is a global leader in a wide range of products and services who supported the export of over £5.2M goods and services (2018). Globally, the security market – cyber security included – exhibits continued growth and is projected to reach £150 billion by 2022.

There are many innovative solutions developed for, and applicable to the defence and security sectors. Our team can help you navigate this landscape by signposting funding opportunities, offering advice, providing guidance and introducing beneficial connections.

Companies developing products, services or innovation that are applicable to defence or security sectors and work in areas like cIoT, Data science/AI/ML, Forensics, Detection and screening technologies, Cryptography, Synthetic biology and chemistry, Radiological and nuclear, UAV/drones, sensors, behavioural science, human enhancement, energy storage, advanced materials and electronics, space and Earth Observation, surveillance and intelligence, logistics, command and control.

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Our current focus in this area

Cyber Security

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) definition of cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use, and the services we access from theft or damage and preventing unauthorised access to personal information we store on these devices, and online.

Electromagnetic Spectrum

What makes our modern lives relatively easy, interconnected and seamless is this seldomly thought of, but very vital soft infrastructure – the electromagnetic spectrum.

Funding Opportunities

Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence – Intelligent Agents

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA) called Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence , which aims to develop self-defending cyber security systems for military operational platforms and technologies.

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Helping the military shrink its cyber attack surface

The defence sector is full of legacy systems vulnerable to cyber attack. Do you have the technology to reduce defence exposure to cyber effects?

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Technology and solutions to enhance the capability of Maritime Mission Systems

The iX Challenge competition, delivered by KTN, is supporting BAE Systems Surface Ships to identify innovative solutions to enhance and enrich the Maritime Mission Systems marketplace. Top-performing solutions will be invited to participate in a Codeathon within a warship environment alongside those with the keys to the vessels concerned. New market entrants are encouraged.

Opens: 06/09/2021 Closes: 28/01/2022

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Events

Wed
16
Jun
2021

Digital Business Meetup - Safety Tech

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Mon
17
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series – Launch Event

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

Fri
21
May
2021

KTN’s Defence Innovation Exchange Programme Launch Webinar

12.30 - 14.00 | Online

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News

01.10.2021

Innovative solutions sought to support our Royal Navy Warships

BAE Systems Surface Ships is looking for novel and innovative ideas and solutions to bring new thinking to the operation performance of a UK naval vessel and KTN is working with them via the KTN-iX programme to identify innovation solutions from SMEs, medium-sized enterprises and UK R&D Centres across application areas.

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19.11.2021

RAF delivers world’s first flight using 100% net-zero synthetic fuel

Zero Petroleum and the Royal Air Force announce the completion of the world’s first flight using 100% net-zero synthetic fuel.

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