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The DisTec Challenge

In 2021, the DisTec Undersea Challenge welcomed innovators and progressive organisations to showcase their solutions and disrupt the undersea defence environment as we know it.

This was a great opportunity for the defence community, and those currently serving other industry verticals, to demonstrate recent technological advances which are applicable to the undersea domain. We put together an expert panel of judges, comprising representatives from military, trade press, and industry, to assess every entry in a competitive digital environment. 


This undersea variation follows on from the inaugural DisTec Challenge - which focused on military training and simulation solutions, earlier this year. 

Similarly, before entering the Grand Final, our judges would select the top three finalists from the initial shortlist who would then compete against each other during the live event. Winning organisations will then be gifted with a complimentary exhibition stand at the next edition of UDT, worth up to £4,000.



All shortlisted applicants were asked to submit undersea defence technologies and emerging solutions across:

  • Autonomous/AI Systems
  • Machine Learning 
  • Undersea Networking
  • Sensor Processing
  • Miniaturisation
  • Modular Design
  • Big Data and Data Fusion
  • Survivability


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