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NATO Identifies Emerging And Disruptive Technologies – UK To Headquarter The Defence Innovation Hub

12th Apr 2022

NATO to implement the DIANA programme to maintain technological advantage: UK and Estonia to partner on the programme.

Critical technologies will be seeing transatlantic cooperation, as the UK is set to be the host of the European HQ of the Defence Innovation Accelerator (DIANA), a programme set for NATO allies to accelerate, test, evaluate and validate new technologies that address critical defence challenges and contribute to Alliance deterrence, as well as helping NATO work more closely with industry and academia.

The UK will be contributing an accelerator of its own and is to be twinned with a new accelerator in Tallinn, Estonia to open the channel for knowledge and expertise sharing, the use of virtual sites to trial vehicles, including autonomous ones and test cyber innovations.

Together, the UK and Estonia will:

  • Support start-up companies with funding, guidance and business expertise through twinned accelerator networks.
  • Offer the use of ‘deep tech’ test centres to assess technological solutions to military problems, utilising the Defence BattleLab.
  • Work with NATO to develop a virtual marketplace to connect start-ups with trusted investors, as well as a rapid acquisition service to connect products to buyers at pace.

 

“The UK and Estonia are two of the most innovative countries in NATO and our hosting of DIANA will harness that innovation for the benefit of all Allies tackling future military threats.

The UK has a vibrant tech community, combining the academia, financiers, and high-tech start-ups that make it an ideal place to develop the next generation of military technologies.

Estonia was the natural partner for the UK given its international leadership in cyber, autonomy and AI, and our close partnership forged through the Enhanced Forward Presence.”

UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace

Academia, industry and government will be brought together by Imperial College London, a world ranked university for innovation, and play host to the headquarters of DIANA and a DIANA Accelerator at the Innovation Hub (IHUB) in White City Innovation District. They will share a space with the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), Major Defence Contractors and The US Department of Defence’s Tri-Service Office.

The plan is to be in full swing by July 2022, with DIANA ensuring that the Alliance is fully capable and developed to defend and deter against existing and future threats, which is essential to the NATO 2030 vision.

“The goal of DIANA is to support deep technologies companies that contribute to defence. It will bring together talented innovators with new technologies end-users in the area of defence. We are very glad to see that the good cooperation we have with the UK will expand even further and also encompass our universities and private sector more,

Cooperation between the UK and Estonia is working well on every level because we have a common understanding of defence policy. Good relations with Allies is a cornerstone of Estonian defence policy, and a successful start to this programme for us is a sign that this cornerstone is strong.”

Estonian Defence Minister, Kalle Laanet

 

As one of the top STEM-B universities in the world, in one of the most diverse cities, Imperial College London is uniquely placed to power a progressive, responsible and holistic dual-use security and defence technology innovation program by hosting DIANA. Coordinated through our Institute for Security Science and Technology and Business School we’re committed to working on disruptive research and innovation to reduce insecurity and to deal with global threats and challenges.”

Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London, Professor Deeph Chana

As part of the NATO 2030 vision, seven key emerging and disruptive technologies have been identified as the focus for DIANA’s support: artificial intelligence, big-data processing, quantum-enabled technologies, autonomy, biotechnology, hypersonics and space.

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