About APEX Undersea Challenge
The APEX Undersea Challenge is the first in the Pathfinder Challenge Series. The Pathfinder Challenge Series is a set of challenges aimed to discover, disrupt, and ultimately provide a stimulus for continued development and delivery of revolutionary capabilities to the U.S. Department of the Navy and U.K. Royal Navy, the commercial marketplace, and the public.
An apex predator is a predator at the top of a food chain, occupying the highest trophic levels. The apex predator is a master in its environment and in some cases works seamlessly with others to attain its prey. The expected outcomes of this APEX Undersea Challenge are promising, possibly game-changing, concepts employing critical undersea technologies that enable unmanned undersea vehicles to achieve apex level capabilities. The demonstrated concept’s technology maturity may be accelerated under separate agile follow-on technology development efforts.
The London Tech Bridge invites outstanding international researchers to form multidisciplinary teams to address the capability challenges. London Tech Bridge will lead the APEX Undersea Challenge evaluation panel to competitively select and fund promising revolutionary projects with both military and commercial value. Successful teams may receive an invitation to demonstrate their concept on an international stage as part of the NATO Robotic Experimentation & Prototyping augmented with Maritime Unmanned Systems (REPMUS) Exercise September 2021 in Portugal.
Joining the London Tech Bridge as members of the APEX Undersea Challenge evaluation panel are the Office of Naval Research Global, Office of the Chief Technology Officer Royal Navy, NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell (MUSIC2), Imperial College London Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST), and U.K. MoD Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).
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