STAFF from Dstl at Porton Down demonstrated its land environment Science and Technology (S&T) capability at Army Headquarters in Andover last week.

Senior Science Gateway project manager Mike Green explained: “My role is all about understanding the army’s S&T needs, now and in the future, and providing technical advice and support.”

Among the items on display were a prototype Scout specialist vehicle, pelvic protection, future helmets and body armour and a portable respirator kit.

Scientists from Porton Down were on hand to answer questions about Dstl’s role in developing these programmes of work.

Recent developments from Dstl have included the Foxhound patrol vehicle, developing the project from initial concept to production in just 36 months, the Boomerang acoustic shot detection system to protect against small arms fire and the Multi Terrain pattern camouflage system, which has proved to be a world beater.

Major General Bruce Brierley welcomed the demonstration and said: “It is already very clear that the Dstl gateway is a fundamental core element of the army’s capability management organisation.”