AVIATION & RADAR
Programme A: Air Defence
The partnership brings together OWIC, The Crown Estate through its Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). In September 2021, the Taskforce published a first iteration of its Strategy and Implementation Plan (the Plan), supported by both BEIS and MOD Ministers. The Plan highlights the importance of strategic collaboration and identifies that technical mitigations exist that could be introduced using new surveillance technology to distinguish between wind turbines and aircraft with greater precision than current systems.
The Strategy was informed by a series of Concept Demonstration activities (live flight trials with radar mitigation) to better understand the capabilities of mature mitigation solutions. Studies and work are planned to update the Plan going forward. The sector has also funded a MOD Air Defence Mitigation Feasibility Study, with the MOD funding a Next Generation Mitigation Study (led by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory). MOD is continuing work on operational analysis and jointly the Task Force is working on processes development including solution procurement and cost-sharing options. The BEIS funded, MOD (Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)) delivered, Innovation Challenge awarded £2.1m to six projects in Phase 1 and £3.7m for seven projects in Phase 2.
Programme B: Surveillance and Airspace
Programme B – Surveillance and Airspace: A new programme on civil aviation has been established including a new 3-in-1 study on Layout, Stealth and Data led by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Working with the Department for Transport (DfT), BEIS, MOD, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and NATS; OWIC is looking to establish a strategic solution around offshore Transponder Mandatory Zones (TMZs) and publish a study on the future requirements for offshore aviation Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).
Alexandre Davies, Delivery Lead
Dujon Goncalves-Colins, Industry Chair
Benj Sykes, Industry Sponsor