British scientists support British military in US experiment in California


The Convergence 2022 project involved several thousand WE, UK and Australian members of the armed forces, including approximately 500 members of the British Army. He’s the Prime Minister WE Army experimentation exercise and seeks to define how the WE and international partners, including the UK and Australia, will fight in a multi-domain battlespace. Convergence is about the multinational military advantages of the power of combinations of equipment and software.

More than 25 scientists and engineers from the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) were deployed to Fort Irwin, Calif., in October and November as part of the project.

dstl worked closely with the UK20th Armored Combat Team (20 ABCT) and 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) in the delivery of the UK component of PC22, through a series of activities at battle group and platoon level. These activities are part of the PC22 Combined Joint Interoperable Experience involving the US 1st Cavalry Division.

The experiment is designed to help make the British Army more effective on the battlefield, reducing time and complications in the ‘sensor-decision-maker-effector’ chain by testing a number of advanced systems and technologies, some of them for the first time. . This was achieved by an explicit investigation of the sensor-decider-effector (EPS) and experimenting with discrete aspects of the chain, such as image processing, deception, or the use of remote and autonomous systems.

Science and research are key to overcoming challenges and seeing where successes and operational advantages can be achieved for future battles.

Several UK objectives were achieved thanks to UK systems and experimentation, including:

  • HYDRA-R: UK/WE Deployed, tested and trained artificial intelligence toolkit to detect, recognize and identify enemy vehicles using UK and WE video surveillance. HYDRA-R was the first real deployment of the UK/WE Artificial intelligence (AI) Toolbox, a jointly developed tool AI pipeline for the selection, deployment and recycling of AI role models. AI experts of the UK and WE sitting side by side in the middle of the trial, training and deploying AI models against data collected by UK and WE platforms. This was the first step towards the deployment of the collaborative AI and autonomy in future trials of the Convergence project.

  • Cyber ​​and electromagnetic activities (CEMA) Experimentation: successful use of electronic warfare (EO) deception capability on a large scale and within a combined joint force.

  • Remote and stand-alone systems (RAS) Platoon: created a “network of things” through autonomous systems integrated at the sub-tactical level across the WEthe research project of (TO SHARE). Unmanned aerial and ground platforms were deployed and displayed on airborne devices by soldiers who simultaneously displayed real-time information on UK and WE dismounted forces.

  • Sensor-decision-maker-effector: to study the provision of “any sensor, good decision-maker and best effector” by integrating a vertical slice (theater to sub-tactics) of networked capability within a joint and combined force (multinational company). This has been successfully demonstrated in a multinational formation, with one nation’s makers being able to engage targets that had been observed by other nations’ sensors.

  • Expeditionary Combat Service Support: The combination of process, technology, organization, and information that provides the greatest benefit to maintainers supporting repair in forward echelons has been successfully investigated.

  • UK Rangers: successful support for UK Rangers in developing and testing their concepts of employment and operations. The Ranger Regiment is an Army special operations force integrated into WE Special Operations Forces (SOF) partners in the deep battlespace, to enable defeat of enemy forces, disrupt command and control (C2) nodes, and enable conventional maneuver.

dstl scientists worked with UK Army Headquarters Future Force Directorate (FFD), and were instrumental in the development of data capture and analysis (DC&A) provide PC22. Over several months, dstl worked with WE counterparts, including the Research and Analysis Center, White Sands Missile Range (TRAC-WSMR), to develop test and observation methods. dstl is an integral part of the joint interoperable data analysis cell (JIDAC) who reported daily on the progress of the experiment and will prepare the final experiment reports.

This collaboration has earned 3-star approval and direction. Collaboration at the experimental and operational levels with the WE and other allies is seen as essential to providing future combat capability. The future battlefield will require seamless interoperability between systems from different nations. It is only through experimentation with system interoperability on a large scale that capability development and military effectiveness can advance.

More than a singular event, it is a sustained learning campaign designed to advance and integrate our allied forces and ensure that we can quickly and continuously “converge” effects on the battlefield.


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