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Two innovative SMEs have won funding from the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop cutting-edge projects with higher-tier partners under the Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP).

Through DTEP, the SMEs – Filtronic Broadband and ISS Aerospace – will each receive a government grant, worth 50 per cent of the project value, to partner with a larger supplier to develop innovative new solutions that meet defence challenges.

DTEP seeks to improve the competitiveness of the UK Defence supply chain, it is sponsored by the MOD’s Directorate of Industrial Strategy and Exports (DISE) and delivered through the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), Innovate UK, and ADS.

A key element of DTEP is collaboration between an SME supplier and a higher-tier partner that already has experience of working with defence. The sponsoring higher-tier partner will contribute time, effort and resources to work with the SMEs in these collaborative innovation projects.

The £16M programme aims to inspire companies to win new business, develop industrial capabilities and provide new and cutting-edge answers to defence problems.

Anita Friend, Head of DASA, said: “Congratulations to these first two SMEs on receiving DTEP funding. Working with their higher-tier partners, their projects will deliver new innovations into the UK defence supply chain, helping to meet the MOD’s enduring capability challenges while developing their businesses.

“Through DTEP, the value to the larger partner companies is that they will have early access to new and exciting technologies, material or processes that they can to help commercialise.”

Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge said: “DTEP is lighting a fire under pioneering defence technology being developed by the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises. Backing these innovations to help enter the defence supply chain can be crucial to modernising the battlefield and making personnel safer, better equipped and more integrated.”

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