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NPL joins NATO’s DIANA network

NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) transatlantic network significantly expanded.

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DIANA was created by NATO to help develop dual-use technologies that address challenges affecting security and defence. It will now comprise 23 accelerator sites (up from 11) and 182 test centres (up from 90) in 28 Allied countries.  

NPL joins four other UK sites chosen for the DIANA test centre network: 

National Physical Laboratory (NPL) 
NPL is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK. 

Digital Catapult Centre 
The Digital Catapult accelerates digital technology adoption to benefit the UK – breaking down barriers, de-risking innovation, opening up markets and responsibly shaping the products, services and experiences of the future. 

The Satellite Applications Catapult 
The Satellite Applications Catapult is at the heart of the satellite services revolution, driving take-up of space technology and applications to shape, and sustain, the world of tomorrow. 

High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) 
HVM Catapult is a strategic research and innovation hub for industry, commercialising the UK’s most advanced manufacturing ideas. 

Test, Trials Training and Evaluation describes the services delivered under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) contract between QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence. This comprises 15 MOD land, sea and air ranges and specialist test facilities, and the provision of specialist technical expertise and support services. 

The new accelerator sites and test centres will augment DIANA’s capacity to support innovators from across the Alliance as they develop their technologies. The network of test centres provides access to cutting-edge testing facilities, which are available to DIANA’s current cohort of companies, as well as those DIANA will support in the future. 

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18 Mar 2024