DASA Unmanned Air Systems in Urban Environments

DASA are seeking innovations to enable Unmanned Air Systems that will deliver tactical advantage and reduce threat.

What's the open innovation challenge?

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) are seeking innovations to enable Unmanned Air Systems which will deliver tactical advantage and reduce threats.

This competition is designed for the rapid exploitation of technology and will be run using a framework agreement. Note that this process is different than previous DASA calls.

To be considered for inclusion in the framework, tenderers must first complete the compulsory Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and Cyber Risk Assessment questionnaire. Tenderers who pass both will be sent an invitation to tender (ITT) to get into the framework.

This call is for the pre-qualification stage only. DASA is not accepting proposals during this stage.

A total of £900,000 has been allocated to Phase 1. It is anticipated that contracts for Phase 1 will be up to £150,000 (ex. VAT). Specific details for Phase 2 are yet to be confirmed.


  • Deadline to submit PQQ and Cyber Risk Assessment: 15 October 2020, midday BST
  • Notification of outcomes of pre-qualification stage and competition opens to submissions: 30 October 2020 (indicative)
  • Pre-bookable teleconference sessions: 12 November 2020 (indicative)
  • Deadline for submissions of tenders: 4 December 2020, midday GMT (indicative)
  • Framework contract starts: 12 February 2021 (indicative)
  • Phase 2 kickoff: from April 2021 (indicative)

How to apply

Get more details and learn how to apply on the GOV.UK website.