Dstl showcases cutting-edge science to UK Armed Forces chief


He saw firsthand the science and research being developed for the future of Defense. Among the scientific objects on display was a robotic dog, nicknamed Ghost Dog. DSTL uses technology made in the United States to conduct research in the field of human-machine association. The objective is to develop systems adapted to operational needs and capable of supporting troops by diverting them from potentially dangerous tasks, in particular surveillance and reconnaissance.

Dstl experts also shared their research on armor and protection capabilities, showcasing the latest armor system being developed for the Challenger 3. This system will save lives by providing improved performance, with more protection. The new technology comes in a series of armor packs, aiming to optimize the side armor design by reducing its weight. This weight saving can then be integrated with the rest of the vehicle, improving overall performance without additional penalty.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said:

It was great to be here at Dstl to see the science inside UK defense and security. Dstl’s work gives Defense the capability and decision-making edge, it creates prosperity and, crucially, saves lives. I was impressed by the breadth of activity, the depth of technology and the multidisciplinary approach that ensures the armed forces and, above all, the nation, a decisive advantage over those who want to harm us.

Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Admiral Sir Tony Radakin operating the Ghost Robot Dog alongside Dstl scientists

In addition to researching, designing, testing and supporting the integration of new armor systems, Dstl scientists have also developed new methods to capture and analyze battlefield information. This information feeds directly back into future armor system development, ensuring systems remain optimized for the changing operating environment. The Scene Capture And Reconstruction (SCAR) tool, developed by the Dstl’s Combat Incident Exploitation Team, was recently deployed with Dstl’s science advisors for the benefit of British frontline troops.

DSTL Managing Director Paul Hollinshead said:

It was a great honor to have the Chief of the Defense Staff here so he could see, up close and behind the scenes, what Dstl is doing for the Armed Forces and Homeland Security. We were able to share with him the impact and benefits of Dstl’s work for our armed forces, both with our science to support decision-making, provide capabilities to our armed forces and of course save lives. It filled me with great pride to hear him say thank you to our amazing scientists and show his appreciation for what they are doing for the nation.


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