Ploughshare Innovations Ltd.
Unit 2, Nine Mile Water Business Park, Nether Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8DR United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1794 301602
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Supporting technology for the defence and homeland security markets
Dstl’s primary role is to ensure the MOD’s capabilities in science and technology support its current and future objectives. Ploughshare has been able to widen the benefit further to other defence and homeland security markets.
Sensor and detection equipment continues to be one area in particular where Ploughshare offers a wealth of supporting technology.
Analysing trace and touch DNA to identify individuals from items found at a crime scene is technically challenging, slow and intensive. This new method dramatically improves the speed and reduces the logistical burden of DNA analysis on handled objects, and allows results to be rapidly generated from touch DNA samples.
Shock-Tube Delay technology has been developed to provide a simple, safe and low-cost time delay fuse for explosive projectiles used to destroy buried mines at short range.
The Dstl Integrated Audio-Visual Acoustic Detection has been developed to assist sonar operators by automatically analysing auditory information and presenting it as visual markers, simplifying complex sound detection and identification.
The MoD/Dstl have a wealth of operational and historical battlefield analysis and data gathered from every encounter over many decades. This data, now available under licence, has the potential to enhance the credibility and therefore the experience for war gamers and present a significant market advantage.
The BIHIM is a physical tool for assessing skull fracture risk during blunt impacts e.g. when a helmet deforms against the head under dynamic loading; a process referred to as Behind Armour Blunt Trauma (BABT) can occur. The BIHIM provides a single versatile platform for assessing fracture risks at multiple regions of the skull enabling the BABT risk of the whole surface of the helmet covering the head to be tested.
Airborne biological threats pose a real and serious concern for both Departments of Defence and the Homeland Security markets. Threats range from anthrax spores to biological toxins. Current methods to detect their presence are all liquid based (e.g. PCR, immunoassays). Potential threat agents need to be efficiently extracted from the airborne state for onward liquid-based analysis, a potential threat detected by a “trigger” can then be assessed.
The Disposable Weapon Aiming Marker has been developed to provide improved aiming accuracy for water cannon type disruptor weapons used for disarming improvised explosive devices (IED) in order to render the IED inoperable.
The Disposable Weapon Stand provides a portable stand that can hold a shaped charge in position to enable it to be discharged into an improvised explosive device (IED) to render the IED inoperable.
Combat injuries to the upper extremities continue to pose a significant challenge on the battlefield, being areas that are difficult to protect without hindering the soldier. The Dstl UBACS+ provides protection of the neck and forearm against fragmentation injury in a fully integrated design created to perform with the body armour system.
The skin perforation model is a physical tool to allow injury assessments from ballistic impacts and is valid for small projectiles i.e. fragments and bullets. Utilising a man-made component for the skin simulant to minimise variability between samples. It is simple to interpret in terms of a perforation/non-perforation result.
Super Bainite steel is a high performance armour steel, following live fire trials it has been demonstrated to have a hardness matching that of alternative high hardness armour steels, and some ceramic armours, at a much reduced cost.
An instrument that can deliver reagent-free, real-time, continuous monitoring of bio-aerosols. This could be used for monitoring or as a “trigger” in defence and homeland security markets.