Defence Innovation Challenge

Open Call for technological solutions to improve radar performance

Field: Solutions; Tech; Radar

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual Defence Innovation Challenge. 


The most promising proposals may subsequently be invited to bid for a contract in this area. As a part of the bidding process, invited winners will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions in a NATO environment, to a relevant NATO audience.Through the challenge, the NCI Agency aims to incentivise innovations that could be scaled to the NATO environment. Startups and SMEs from all 29 NATO Nations are particularly encouraged to apply.


For the Challenge, the NCI Agency is accepting submissions which focus on improving the performance of aerial radar. Solutions will address one or more of the following:


  • Correlate Aerial Discovery Radar outputs, combining real-time outputs from two or more radar sources to produce a single, combined result aircraft position.
  • Automatically convert aircraft plots (location) to tracks (vector).
  • Provide confidence levels of their outputs.
  • Operate in bad weather conditions or spoofing.
  • Be capable of modification to operate on civilian or non-civilian radar data.

Find out more here.

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