DVD 2018: Next generation capability on display
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Held at Millbrook Proving Ground, the UK’s leading test and development facility for military equipment, DVD 2018 showcased the advanced technology and innovation that will provide the British Army with vital land power today and into the future.
The British army displayed a lot of armament, equipment, vehicles, etc. which drew a lot of attention from both military and civilian visitors (Picture source: Interdirect)
At the event, attended by more than 6,000 visitors, the Army confirmed its commitment to modernising its vehicle fleet, equipping its new STRIKE Brigades with a Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV). Minister for Defence Procurement, Stuart Andrew, announced that British suppliers have been given the green light to bring forward plans for the Boxer programme, which is set to support at least 1,000 UK jobs. The Army intends to purchase over 500 of the eight-wheeled armoured vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Army is increasing its autonomous operational capability, with the purchase of 56 Starter Bomb Disposal Robots. Using advanced haptic feedback, these robots allow operators to ‘feel’ their way through the intricate process of disarming from a safe distance, protecting UK personnel from threats, such as roadside bombs.
As well as showcasing the equipment for the future, DVD2018 hosted the personnel of the future, with engineering graduates visiting DVD for the first time. The students from UK University Technical Colleges took part in fun, interactive activities, including a virtual welder and trialling of the Dragon Runner, the Army bomb disposal robot.
Speaking at the event Brigadier Andrew Stuart, Head of Army Equipment explained: “It is really important for us to be able to engage with industry, to see their ideas, see their products in development and then understand how we can use those technologies to improve the equipment that we provide to the British Army.”