Army Information Directorate – Land Environment ISTAR

This workshop with the Army’s Information Directorate is aimed at exposing the early thinking on the Land Environment ISTAR Programme in its early months after launch.

Specific details of the workshop and the areas covered will be sent to those who have successfully registered to attend.


Welcome & Housekeeping

Fred Sugden, techUK Head of Defence Programme


Wider context and Land ISTAR Sub-Strategy 

Brig Ben Kite, Hd CSD & Col Matt Murphy, AH C4ISTAR Cap


Programme Vision & Structure

Lt Col Nat Haden, SO1 ISTAR Cap


Project Briefs:

  • Army Could Analytical Environment   
  • Project ZODIAC
  • Project SERPENS
  • Project AQUILA

Lt Col Nat Haden, SO1 ISTAR Cap – supported by desk leads


In depth Q&A

All Speakers


Lunch & Networking



Focus Questions for Industry

  • We are in the process of developing a technology roadmap - where do industry think the key challenges and tech “pinchpoints” are likely to be?
  • Our intent is to develop an authority-owned open architecture with a dedicated ISTAR design authority to enable us to integrate “best-of breed” sensors, platforms and applications to keep pace with the evolving threats and operating context. 
    • What will industry need from us to be able to achieve this above and beyond the current standards in STANAGs etc? 
    • What are their concerns and how can we collaborate effectively with them to enable the modularity and choice we require whilst protecting IP? 
    • What functionality would industry want to see in an ISTAR Test & Reference centre for mutual benefit (access to infrastructure, user feedback training data etc)?
  • At a time when we are under pressure to do more with less people how should we be seeking to adjust our structures and processes to exploit automation and autonomy better?
    • Where might such changes place increased demand or strain on other areas of the business? 
    • How can we verify and validate automated and autonomous systems more effectively?
  • What else do industry want or need from us to be able to collaborate for best effect?
  • What is the best commercial approach/route to market in order to develop the proposed open architecture with industry?


  • Charlie Wyatt

    Charlie Wyatt

    Programme Assistant | Defence, Cyber and Justice & Emergency Services
    T 020 7331 2009
  • Fred Sugden

    Fred Sugden

    Head of Programme | Defence
    T 020 7331 2032

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