The centre, part of the Defence Growth Partnership, was opened in November last year and is dedicated to enabling UK industry collaboration focused on the exploitation of unmanned boats, underwater vehicles and aircraft in the maritime domain.
The facility, based at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park, brings together specialist teams including, academics, scientists, engineers and naval experts. With funding from Government, Industry and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the dedicated research centre is designed to build upon the UK’s leading expertise in next-generation maritime intelligent systems, delivering a broad range of solutions such as mine counter measures and long-duration intelligence gathering. It’s a market that could be worth an estimated £9 billion a year for the UK economy.
The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said:
“I am delighted to visit the CMIS. The Royal Navy is pursuing a powerful instinct to exploit maritime autonomous systems, and we have been working with the Defence Growth Partnership for over a year now, in support of the Prime Minister’s initiative to deliver an innovative, competitive and vibrant Defence sector. This Centre of Excellence will help to transform not just how we deliver maritime security, but also help invigorate the global market for this new, leading-edge and game-changing technology.”
The CMIS centre is supported by the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) – a joint initiative between Government and Industry to strengthen and grow the UK’s defence sector.