The Army has embarked on an ambitious programme of change to modernise and mobilise its Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) capability. The TIQUILA and Human Machine Teaming (HMT) projects represents over £500m of Army investment in smallUAS (Open and Specified Classes) which will deliver rapid change through systems integrator models from 2023. 

The techUK UAS Forum will help The Army to develop its approach, direct iterative development and set challenging smallUAS requirements. It will allow the Army to get ahead and help stay ahead of adversaries and maintain a technical and operational edge. The intent is to make big strides in how this capability is operated and exploited. 

The Army seeks to develop a collaborative working environment with partners in industry, academia and other UAS operators to promote and share best practice to drive the pace of change.


Overview of Session:

Morning Session

  • Introductions / Housekeeping from techUK - FM
  • Chair of DSSMEF Introduces Colonel Craig Palmer and his team – Graham Booth, 2iC / Jonny Gilchrist, BAE Systems
  • Overview of Army UAS Doctrine – Colonel Palmer & Team from the Army
    • Summary
    • Programme Overviews
    • Highlight Challenges
    • Where the Army want to go with the UAS programme in the next 3 / 5 years
    • Common requirements / technologies across this capability group
    • Opportunities for Industry
    • Use Cases – Mali, Ukraine, Kosovo etc (videos – demos?)
    • Compare and Contrast between Army and other users
  • Q&A with the audience – All


  • Lunch / Networking

Afternoon Session

  • Theme Led Sessions with 20 min intro’s + case studies for the future aspect / horizon scanning from the following:
    • Civilian Authorities / Other Firms
    • Industry
    • Academia
    • 30min Panel /Slido questions
  • Closing remarks from Colonel Craig Palmer and Team / Graham Booth
  • Session Closes
  • Networking and Drinks
Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK

Freddie MacSwiney

Programme Manager - Defence and Cyber, techUK

Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, National Security, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK