The Defence Research & Technology Forum (DRTF) represents the interests of techUK members to Defence stakeholders involved in the planning, funding, and conduct of Research & Technology and Research & Development within the UK Defence and Security markets. The DRTF aims to assist the MOD in the formulation of effective R&T policy and to bring greater Government awareness to the capabilities that exist within the UK technology industry. The forum aims to give members the chance to discuss the immediate as well as long term future of UK R&D investment with the government bodies responsible fo setting its direction. In addition, the forum provides a channel between industry and the Defence Suppliers Forum's R&D Group (RDG). The DRTF also intends to promote an extended community that encompasses non-Defence R&T stakeholders within techUK and HMG in order to identify common areas of interest and opportunity.
The DRTF is comprised of companies across the techUK membership, including Prime contractors, Mid-Tier companies and SMEs. The forum seeks to include as broad a grouping of different companies working in the Defence sector as can be achieved.
Previous meetings of DRTF have featured briefings from:
- NATO Chief Scientist and Science & Technology Director, MOD
- Deputy Director, Joint Warfare
- International Research & Development Opportunities (joint meeting with ADS)
- Delivery Director, Defence Science & Technology Laboratories (Dstl)
- Head of International Relations, DE&S (Joint meeting)
- Head of Technology Delivery, DE&S
- Head of Customer Engagment, Defence Science & Technology (DST)
How to Join the Defence Research & Technology Forum
For techUK members the DRTF is free to join. To do so please click here to subscribe.
Should you not be a member of techUK please review our Get Involved Page for further information on how to join and the benefits of being part of techUK.
Dr Alvin Wilby, Thales UK
Mr Matthew Albans, BAE Systems Maritime Services