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Army Warfighting Experiment

The Urban Series 2022-24

Harnessing technology to prepare for complex future warfare

The Army Warfighting Experiment: The Urban Series 2022-24 focuses on warfighting in the urban environment, preparing the Army for future conflict in an increasingly urbanised world. It is designed to align experimentation to the tactical functions, developing each focus area year-on-year until integrating them all during a final experiment. This will provide the evidence to inform the Army and Defence which capabilities must be invested in and developed for the Army to remain competitive on the global stage.

The Army Warfighting Experiment has been and remains the flagship experimentation programme for the British Army. Through AWE the Army will forge relationships with industry, academia, allies, and partners, and also message our allies and adversaries that the British Army will adapt for the future with cutting-edge technological advances.

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Purpose

The Urban Series will conduct experimentation focused on the urban environment to optimize the Army for Urban Operations, incorporating dawning technologies into brigade, battle-group, and sub-echelon capabilities.

The Army Warfighting Experiment: The Urban Series 2022-24 will see a collaboration of the Army with subject matter experts to experiment with cutting and bleeding-edge technologies, focusing on how the Army can be optimised for future complex urban environments.

By taking a programmatic approach to the Army Warfighting Experiment to build upon each year’s feature events between 2022 and 2024, the Army will remain engaged with SMEs and industry throughout to build and strengthen relationships as well as enable iterative development of products through pre-defined exploitation pathways.

Throughout, the Army will collaborate with international allies and partners, achieve value for money and transform itself it to become more sustainable.

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Aim

Through the most demanding and hypothesis-based experimentation, the Urban Series will demonstrate the future force requirements that contribute to the Integrated Review in 2025 by:

  • Defining the digital ‘backbone’ which will underpin the future force, its systems and its sensors ability to communicate effectively.
  • Bringing sustainment and protection to the forefront to reduce risk to the force and increase mission success.
  • Leveraging cutting and bleeding-edge technology from industry to fight the urban battle.
  • Demonstrating that all systems can be integrated effectively across all domains to reduce risk to our people, increase the tempo of decision-making and increase the mass of the desired effect.
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Series Overview

AWE Urban Series: The Urban Series which will finish in 2024 focuses on warfighting in the urban environment, preparing the Army for future conflict in an increasingly urbanised world. It is designed to align experimentation to the tactical functions, developing each focus area year-on-year until integrating them all during a final experiment. This will provide the evidence to inform the Army and Defence which capabilities must be invested in and developed in for the Army to remain competitive on the global stage.

AWE B and D: AWE Blunt and Dislocate seeks to focus on Manoeuvre supported by Fires and Information Activities within an Urban environment. AWE B and D will examine how a future Land Force can maximise advantage in the ‘first battle’ by blunting an enemy’s advance with organic and long-range firepower, whilst also finding and striking to drive home an early culmination. Concurrently, the experiment will explore how a future Land Force can dislocate the enemy throughout his depth, with ‘counter kill-chain’ at its core. It will also drive opportunity by (in)direct raids, vertical envelopment and anti-air ambush. Finally, this experiment will apply focus on our personnel and how we can accomplish operational advantage.

AWE: Sustain & Protect