Sonardyne provided the venue for Forcys’ Make UK Defence event in October, attended by around 40 guests from various defense related suppliers.
Forces, representatives from Make UK Defence, and Nigel ‘Frankie’ Vaughan from the Ministry of Defence hosted a morning of presentations, factory tours and networking opportunities.
Make UK Defence is the UK defense trade association. They support the UK’s defense manufacturers and the wider defense supply chain.
Welcoming the guests, Forcys Commercial Director Ioseba Tena outlined the many capabilities of the Covelya Group of companies and how Forcys works with them to solve their customers’ challenges.
Emphasizing the subsea autonomous expertise across the companies, Ioseba also highlighted the importance of underwater technology in the future of defense. Sister company Wavefront’s Sentinel intruder detection system is already the most deployed sonar detection system across the world.
Forcys is the latest addition to the Covelya group, introduced to focus on the UK, US and Australian defense markets and their unique requirements. Ioseba remarked that although they were, at present, a small team they stand beside 500 other people and a wealth of marine technology expertise across the group companies.
Nigel ‘Frankie’ Vaughan then gave an update on behalf of the MoD on the AUKUS Pillar 2 advanced defence capabilities that are to be delivered by 2024/25. AUKUS is the UK, Australia and United States trilateral defense and security partnership to help sustain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Pillar 2 is looking to the UK marine technology industry to help deliver these capabilities.
After the presentations, guests were given guided tours of our extensive facilities at Blackbushe, including the factory and test areas where product managers were on hand to give demonstrations.
“The underwater battlespace is becoming increasingly distributed and reliant on uncrewed underwater vehicles. Forcys is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of a networked battlespace and the enhanced situational awareness necessary for the Royal Navy and its allies to maintain their dominance,” said Ioseba Tena, Commercial Director, Forcys.
Tena also commented; “The underwater battlespace is becoming increasingly distributed and reliant on uncrewed underwater vehicles. Forcys is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of a networked battlespace and the enhanced situational awareness necessary for the Royal Navy and its allies to maintain their dominance. We recognize that collaboration is essential to achieving this goal, and we were delighted to host members of Make UK Defence, potential partners in this endeavour. We also appreciated Nigel ‘Frankie’ Vaughan’s update on AUKUS Pillar 2, an initiative we are eager to support.”