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SEA, TTP to develop battlefield supply technology

22nd September 2017 - 08:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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SEA and TTP have been selected to develop technology to improve the efficiency of the delivery of supplies to frontline battlefield assets, it was announced on 18 September.

The technology, part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Defence and Security Accelerator Autonomous Last Mile Re-Supply programme, seeks to provide military logisticians with a better understanding of supply and demand at the frontline to identify which supplies will be required, where and when.

The solution proposed by the companies is based on the provision of near real-time usage information of combat supplies provided by platforms with an integrated, open architecture and use of a neural net-based demand forecast system.

The technology will be based around the MoD's Land Open System Architecture initiative. These open architecture technologies allow soldiers at the frontline to be inter-connected with each other and wider systems through an open interface. This enables supply status information, such as battery power levels in a soldier’s radio, to be fed back through the open architecture to feed into a logistic supply prediction capability.

Demand forecasting will be provided by a neural network-based mathematical model, that can formulate a future prediction based on ‘trained’ historical data. This will be tailored to enable specific operational information to be integrated into supply predictions, such as movement routes, climatic information or likely threats faced. Collectively these will enable the system to inform commanders when and where supplies will be required by forward forces to maintain operational tempo.

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