Roke, a science and engineering company based in Hampshire, has been awarded a £6.7 million Ministry of Defence contract. Roke will be the delivery partner for ZODIAC, which will act as the central nervous system for the MOD programme Land ISTAR.
An integrated and distributed system of sensors, applications and underlying system architecture, Land ISTAR will enable the British Army to act with greater precision and speed. As the core project for the Land ISTAR programme, ZODIAC must provide the systems required to ingest data from all battlefield sensors and CJIIM (Combined, Joint, Inter-Agency, Intra-Governmental and Multinational) intelligence feeds. It will need to fuse, analyse and distribute the resulting intelligence to battlefield users, integrating across Land, Sea, Air, Space and Cyber, and with Allies.
Roke will be responsible for capturing requirements, initial design, solution architecture, risk reduction, and market assessment for further development during the Alpha phase of ZODIAC.
Managing Director of Roke, Paul MacGregor said: "ZODIAC will pioneer the use of next generation technologies, empowering and better protecting the British Army to think and act faster than our adversaries."
In order to refine the model of ZODIAC development further, Roke will also work closely with a consortia of industry partners.
Based at Roke Manor near Romsey, Hampshire, Roke started over 60 years ago in defence, but is also inventing and engineering technically advanced data and communication systems in national security and for Fortune 500 companies. It has a team of 600+ engineers with expertise in sensors, communications, cyber and AI.
Pictured: Paul MacGregor, Roke Managing Director and Brigadier John Collyer