Contested Urban Environment Experiment 2018 (CUE 18)

The Contested Urban Environment 2018 experiment (CUE 18) is a five-nation cooperative defence science and technology experiment taking place between September 10 and 21, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec.

CUE 18 aims to investigate new and emerging technologies that could improve the effectiveness of military personnel operating in complex urban environments while reducing risk to both military forces and civilians. The experiment is part of a multi-year program that operates under the auspices of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), which brings together the defence science communities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Led by the Department of National Defence’s (DND) science and technology organization, Defence and Research Development Canada (DRDC), CUE 18 will involve over 250 participants including defence researchers from the participating nations as well as military personnel from the 2nd Canadian Division.

The first Contested Urban Environment experiment took place in November 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. Two additional experiments are being planned for 2019 (US) and 2020 (UK).

CUE experiments support Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, by helping achieve excellence across the full spectrum of military operations, from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to peacekeeping or combat.

Partner organizations

City of Montreal
Australia: Defence Science and Technology (English only)
New Zealand: Ministry of Defence (English only)
United Kingdom: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (English only)
United States: Research and Engineering Enterprise (English only)


For updates on experiment activities, follow the DRDC’s Twitter account at @DRDC_RDDC

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