Training – Preparing our people for operations with appropriate training can be costly. How do we harness advances in synthetics and simulation to reduce the need for real training? What technological advances will improve our ability to train and prepare for dangerous situations without exposing our people to unnecessary risks? How do we reduce our burden on the physical environment? What is the optimum blend of real/synthetic training? How do we measure the effectiveness of team and collective training?


Defence spends around £8 billion annually on the provision of equipment and technological solutions for our Armed Forces. The cost of delivering and maintaining these platforms grows with technical complexity. For military platforms and weapons systems, there are significant technical challenges in driving down the cost of integration and ownership; integrating these systems into a networked environment; addressing a range of difficult targets; and providing the ability to defeat targets under highly constrained rules of engagement. This will drive the need for increased stand-off ranges of our platform and weapons systems which will require developments in our propulsion and airframe designs.

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