Raytheon UK Announces MASS as Research and Development Competition Winner

December 2014

£150,000 funding for innovative SMEs

Raytheon UK has named MASS as a winner of its 2014 SPaRK Research and Development Competition in addition to Plextek, a specialist engineering businesses, and the University of Nottingham.  Each organisation will receive a grant of up to £50,000 to undertake a technological research project aligned with Raytheon’s principle business areas.

"SMEs and academia are key to extending Raytheon UK’s research and development (R&D) supply chain," said Richard Daniel, chief executive of Raytheon UK.  "We believe that building collaborative R&D relationships with this community will enable us to deliver innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers across defence, power electronics and intelligence and security markets.  In exchange they will gain access to challenging markets, paths to exploitation and relationships with primes, which include guidance and networking."

MASS, a specialist in designing, integrating and supporting information systems for the defence, information assurance, security and education markets; and their partners at the University of Kent, leaders in the field of reverse engineering code; proposed an interactive toolset approach to help answer questions more effectively about path feasibility, as part of analysing software vulnerabilities with greater accuracy and speed.  The approach utilises intermediary languages and the integration of SMT solvers into IDA Pro as a plug-in.  Such translation of binary code into a useful format is a time-consuming task and the companies hope this enhanced toolset will aid and improve productivity.

Plextek Consulting, a leading provider of technology innovation and technical engineering into defence, medical and automotive markets, has addressed the need for a technology to provide dismounted soldiers with a reliable estimate of their position in a GPS-denied environment.  Its concept of 'network enhanced, GPS-denied navigation' promises to deliver a low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power), hard to deny, easy-to-adopt solution that involves integrating inertial sensors within soldiers’ boots.  The inertial sensors within a group of dismounted soldiers are able to communicate and share information with each other, improving the overall positional accuracy for each soldier.

Integrated Power System
The University of Nottingham’s research project is aimed at providing a full design package for a Common Power Module.  The initial phase will demonstrate the feasibility of the project, examining topology, thermal management and control aspects of a Common Power Module and set a basis for potential future developments. The technology will be progressively developed and pushed toward its limits.  A relevant experimental validation should be the final output of a long-term collaboration.