BAE Systems in unmanned tech demo
BAE Systems has been part of a demonstration for the Australian Army to investigate the potential of integrating autonomous technologies on the future battlefield.
Held at the Majura Training Site, the demonstration saw two M113 operate with installed hardware and software to enable them to operate autonomously. The onboard systems have been designed to comply with the rules of
engagement, which require man in-the-loop decision-making.Future operational scenarios that could be supported by the technology include soldiers being removed from the battlefield, as well as unmanned intelligence gathering and logistics support.
The BAE Systems autonomous technologies used for this project have already supported Australian and UK autonomy programmes such as Taranis, Mantis, Kingfisher UAS demonstrators as well as the Multi-All Terrain Vehicle and Digger UGV demonstrators.
The M113 prototype vehicles will be used by the Australian Army to better understand the opportunities to employ autonomy on the battlefield as part of its recently released Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy.
The vehicles will also be used as test vehicles for technology developed by the recently announced Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre.
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