Defence is hosting a major demonstration of trusted autonomous systems in and around Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast that will wrap up tomorrow.
CAPTION: A Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (UK), and Bluebottle from OCIUS, in Jervis Bay.
Autonomous Warrior 2018 combines scientific trials, industry demonstrations and the exercising of in-service robotic and autonomous systems in what is the largest activity of its kind ever conducted by western allies.
AW 18 hopes to build upon the success of the UK’s ‘Unmanned Warrior 2016’, which involved industry participating in military missions, operational tasking efforts, innovative autonomous challenges and complex data integration.
Australian and international participants from 26 companies and organisations provided live demonstrations of their technologies, including 14 sea surface vehicles, 13 air vehicles, eight ground vehicles and three underwater vehicles.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the activity positioned Australia at the forefront of emerging technologies.
“[Unmanned] systems will continue to increase in prevalence for military applications and Australia is a leader in developing unmanned systems,” Minister Pyne said.
“Industry, defence science organisations and militaries from five countries are examining air, land, sea and cyber systems and their potential for use in complex and contested environments.
“The trials and demonstrations will provide Defence a clearer picture of the future of robotic and [unmanned] systems and how we might use them to remove people from harm’s way, or multiply our effectiveness, with intelligent systems.
“Autonomous systems will be fully integrated in our future fleet and Autonomous Warrior 2018 is an opportunity to inform our future projects that will deliver an enduring capability.”