Plextek launches new defence business unit
UK-based engineering and design consultancy, Plextek, is launching a new defence business unit called Plextek DTS (Defence Technology Solutions), to help government agencies, defence suppliers and military stakeholders find new exploitation paths to support UK forces.
Building on the successful growth of Plextek’s defence market over 30 years, Plextek DTS will further develop trusted technology partnerships through specialist R&D support, technology exploitation and design partner services, including system supply and manufacture.
The launch of Plextek DTS will allow customers to safely explore and address the challenges and inherit risks associated with applied research and development activities and offer impartial technology assessments and the creation of novel concepts and solutions designed for manufacture.
Plextek has a strong track record of developing advanced solutions to meet the challenges and needs of the modern infantry soldier. For example, in collaboration with DSTL and MOD, Plextek has developed a low size, weight and power armour integrity monitoring sensor that delivers an immediate status to the user, removing the need for costly routine x-ray analysis and can be integrated with new and existing ceramic plates. Plextek DTS is extending this capability to provide impact monitoring to tactical helmets.
Gareth Williams, Director of Defence, summarises how Plextek DTS will bring benefit through its expertise in conventional and novel sensing, communication and data exploitation technologies:
“Trust is an important element to any product development cycle. As a key defence stakeholder, the design partner you appoint has to deliver a leading end-to-end solution. Plextek DTS understands the customer need for leveraging capabilities in R&D, exploiting existing technology enabling platforms and delivering deployable system solutions to ensure product differentiation and leading disruptive capability.”
Peter Doig, Business Development Director, adds: “Our success in partnering with government clients, prime suppliers and military stakeholders to rapidly deliver proof of concepts, technology enablers or entire system deployments is a real testament to our capability to exploit the exceptional technology expertise and knowledge within Plextek. In many ways, Plextek DTS will feel like an entirely new and fresh business unit, but it is a natural evolution of the 30 plus years of trusted defence business and technical consultancy."
Plextek DTS is being launched during this week’s DSEI 2019 in London, a leading defence and security event that connects governments, armed forces and industry thought leaders across the globe.