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"Defence Scientists" Gather in Montreal to Research Fighting in Urban Areas


September 2, 2018
David Pugliese / Ottawa Citizen

Defence scientists from a number of countries will be in Montreal in mid-September to participate in an experiment to look at new technologies for fighting and conducting operations in cities. The Contested Urban Environment 2018 experiment will take place from September 10-21 and will involve participants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US. The goal? To improve the ability of soldiers to conduct military operations in "complex urban environments."

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"Defence Scientists" Gather in Montreal to Research Fighting in Urban Areas
The Contested Urban Environment 2018 experiment
will take place from September 10 to 21, and involve
a series of technology research experiments in the city

David Pugliese / Ottawa Citizen



Australian soldiers taking part in the recent urban warfare experiment in Australia. Photo courtesy of Australian Defence Force

MONTREAL (September 2, 2018) -- Defence scientists from a number of countries will be in Montreal in mid-September to participate in an experiment to look at new technologies for fighting and conducting operations in cities.

The Contested Urban Environment 2018 experiment will take place from September 10 to 21, and involve Canadian defence scientists and Canadian Forces personnel conducting a series of technology research experiments in the city. They will be joined by participants from nations including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The experiment is being conducted in support of advancing research around how to best conduct military operations in what is being called "complex urban environments," according to the Department of National Defence.

Postmedia reported last year that Canada will contribute to specific areas of expertise in this field, including technologies in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, communications and small arms.

Canada participated in a similar experiment last year in Australia. Approximately 80 scientists from the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK took part in that experiment, which began Nov. 20 and ended Dec. 1. The Canadian contingent consisted of 10 staff from Defence Research and Development Canada. In addition, around 100 personnel from the Australian Defence Force were involved.

C4ISR magazine reported that various new and emerging technologies from Australia, the US and Canada were selected for that experiment, including DST Group’s Defence Experimentation Airborne Platform; a Beechcraft 1900 aircraft configured for Wide Area Surveillance Activity Based Intelligence, or WASABI, with an Angel Fire 2 96-megapixel camera; a Selex Galileo PicoSAR synthetic aperture radar; and a Wescam MX-20HD full-motion, high-definition video sensor.

Meanwhile, on September 5, Canadian defence scientists from Defence Research and Development Canada Suffield, along with Canadian military personnel at CFB Suffield, will be conducting an emergency response exercise.

The exercise will allow base civilian and military emergency specialists to test their skills as well as current systems and procedures in a simulated emergency situation including those to address chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive agents.

The exercise will also involve a 911 call-and-response by civilian emergency responders, in order to test the integrated systems currently in place, according to the Department of National Defense.



DFN:Urban ANTX 2018 Final Video, CAMP PENDELTON, CA, UNITED STATES, 03.23.2018



Canada to Host Experiment on Urban Warfare Technology
David Pugliese / Ottawa Citizen

(December 10, 2017) -- A multi-national defence science and technology experiment will be conducted in September 2018 in Canada as part of efforts to test new equipment for urban warfare.

The experiment is "to continue investigating emerging technologies that could enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of tactical land forces in future contested urban environments," the Department of National Defence told Defence Watch.

"The Canadian experiment will perform intelligence preparation to the area of conflict and wide area surveillance for ops planning and dynamic execution, as well as the low level tactical pull of real-time intelligence for situational awareness in a dense urban area." DND added.

A specific location for the experiment has yet to be announced. For that experiment, Canada will contribute to specific areas of expertise including:
* Intelligence;
* Surveillance;
* Reconnaissance;
* Communication;
* Command and Control;
* Small Arms System;
* Weapons Effects Technologies;
* Mobility aids.

A similar experiment --CEU17 -- just wrapped up in Australia.
Approximately 80 scientists from the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK took part in that experiment, which began Nov. 20 and ended Dec. 1. The Canadian contingent consisted of 10 staff from DRDC. In addition, around 100 personnel from the Australian Defence Force were involved.

C4ISR magazine reported that various new and emerging technologies from Australia, the US and Canada were selected for experiment, including DST Group's Defence Experimentation Airborne Platform; a Beechcraft 1900 aircraft configured for Wide Area Surveillance Activity Based Intelligence, or WASABI, with an Angel Fire 2 96-megapixel camera; a Selex Galileo PicoSAR synthetic aperture radar; and a Wescam MX-20HD full-motion, high-definition video sensor.



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