Serapis SSE – one of six lots of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) SERAPIS framework agreement – supports the UK Government’s research of next-generation Simulation and Synthetic Environments and associated tools and systems.

Tasked with identifying and exploiting over-the-horizon technologies in support of the Ministry of Defence and cross-governmental departments, the programme encompasses the development of assessment processes to allow Defence to train, exercise and prepare for operations and to test, evaluate and assess the performance of military capabilities across the C4ISR enterprise.

The research – led by QinetiQ Training & Simulation – will harness the expertise and talent of industry partners, academia and non-traditional defence suppliers.


Dstl’s Serapis Framework Agreement focuses on the areas of C4ISR (command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), space systems, synthetic environments, and simulation technology to support human capability development.

Serapis Logo-01Designed to accommodate and build upon the success of previous initiatives, Serapis seeks to increase commercial agility, diversity, transparency and collaboration.

It aims to reach non-traditional defence suppliers, small and medium-sized enterprises and academia, as well as traditional defence suppliers, in order to develop new capabilities for the UK’s defence and security.

Serapis’ core objective is to develop new battle-winning capabilities and to see them brought through to operational use in a timely and efficient manner.

The Framework Agreement is split into 6 capability areas or ‘lots’:

Lot 1: Covers the development and integration of new and emerging ISTAR ‘Collect’ technology and techniques into the wider defence and cross-government ISTAR enterprise. Includes a broad range of conventional and novel sensing technology, but also Open Source and HUMINT data and information collection capabilities.

Lead: Roke Manor – roke-serapis-lot1@roke.co.uk

Lot 2: Covers all aspects of Defence and Security space systems from underpinning enabling services such as space-specific analysis; fundamental and applied space research for areas such as the space environment; design and manufacture of space equipment and subsystems; space launch & range; through-life operation of satellites (including ground station), or terrestrial-based space systems like those used for the surveillance of space; through to the application of space systems for defence and security exploitation/benefit.

Lead: BAE Systems Applied Intelligence – SERAPIS@baesystems.com

Lot 3: Covers the development, testing, and evaluation of novel command and control (C2) systems to improve decision making, including the human and autonomous (machine) system elements. Includes the development of novel agile, adaptive and resilient C2 concepts for operation in constrained, degraded, or denied environments.

Lead: QinetiQ – serapislot3@qinetiq.com

Lot 4: Covers the development of C4ISR Communications and Networks. Will exploit and drive emerging concepts and technology in military and civilian communications infrastructure and include the development of policy, technology and architectural options for the provision of assured information, Information Management and Exploitation (IM/IX).

Lead: QinetiQ – serapislot4@qinetiq.com

Lot 5: Covers the development of Synthetic Environments, Modelling and Simulation, associated tools and assessment processes to allow defence to train, exercise and prepare for operations, and to test, evaluate and assess the performance of military capabilities and the C4ISR enterprise, as well as to enhance and sustain capability to exploit of SSEs across all Defence applications.

Lead: QinetiQ Training & Simulation – SERAPIS_SSE@nsc.co.uk

Lot 6 Covers the development of Data Analytics and Information Processing tools and techniques in support of Defence’s Decision Making processes and techniques (covered in Lot 3). Includes the development and application of Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, information and visualisation and Man-Machine Interface development.

Lead: Frazer-Nash – serapis@fnc.co.uk