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DSEI 2023: Ukraine war drives AI development to fight GPS jamming

4th September 2023 - 13:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Bavovna has begun trials of its AI system with an Aurelia X6 UAS. (Photo: Bavovna)

In response to the war in the Ukraine one company, formerly based in Kyiv, has turned its attention from AI in the medical field to AI on the battlefield by applying the technology to drones for autonomous operation in GPS-denied and complex electronic warfare environments.

Bavovna AI has been conducting trials in Poland with several UAVs by integrating existing and legacy systems such as inertial measurement units (IMU), inertial dead reckoning and old navigation methods.

Key to the operation is the Bavovna Core Navigation Kit which is an 800g system contained in an EMI-protected box which includes IMU and AI-powered flight control.

Platforms used in the trials include Aurelia 6X, a larger undisclosed aircraft and the tilt-wing Defender from start-up company RadioBird, a Polish company founded by Ukrainians. 

The company also said there is a pipeline of ten other implementations in aerial and non-aerial UVs.

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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