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MBDA enhances the Akeron family of missiles with AI-based solution

24th June 2024 - 11:15 GMT | by Giovanni Rasio in Paris


Ground Warden will be updated via regular software releases. (Photo: MBDA)

Ground Warden AI technology will offer further support and coordination assistance for combat missile systems, while enhancing decision-making on the battlefield.

European missile manufacturer MBDA has opted to further increase the capabilities of its Akeron family of tactical combat missiles with the introduction of Ground Warden AI technology.

The missiles of the Akeron family, which include a ground-launched version (Akeron MP) and a helicopter-launched variant (Akeron LP), already offer various modes of target engagement such as Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS), locking the target before firing (LOBL) and locking on after firing (LOAL).

The introduction of Ground Warden will aim to maximise the capabilities of the Akeron missiles in BLOS engagement thanks to the use of AI in supporting and coordinating systems.

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Currently available for the Akeron MP, the Ground Warden processes real-time images from all connected sensors, including the missile’s own TV/IR seeker and uncrewed systems.

According to MBDA, Ground Wardens offer decision aids to soldiers on the battlefield to accelerate the observation, detection, acquisition and engagement of targets.

The AI-based solution is integrated into the missile launcher as a man-portable module, and it could be offered as an upgrade for existing customers.

Shephard understands that Ground Warden can be adapted and updated through regular software releases.

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Giovanni Rasio


Giovanni Rasio

Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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