Lift-off for new look KTN

The Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network relaunched today with a new chairman and a website designed to facilitate exchanges of information between the aerospace and defence communities.


The Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) relaunched today with a new chairman and a website designed to facilitate exchanges of information between the aerospace and defence communities.



The scope of the Aerospace and Defence KTN will be to manage, maintain and deliver the National Aerospace Technology Strategy (NATS), covering aerospace and defence.



It will enable the transfer of knowledge and experience across industry, government and academia, by bringing together diverse organisations, providing activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation throughout the sectors.



In particular, it will provide support for technologies from aerospace that have more generic applications throughout the Defence Technology Strategy (DTS).



The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), under a contract with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), will manage the Aerospace and Defence KTN.



Overall leadership for the KTN will come from a steering group, led by John Cheffins CBE, building on the successes of the Aerospace Technology Steering Group (ATSG).



‘Defence exports bring in over £5bn to the UK each year and the future market for new aircraft is valued at over $1tn,’ said Cheffins. ‘The UK has to be prepared to seize these opportunities and the KTN has a major part to play in this. I look forward to leading these efforts.’