BAE Systems works with Australian army to develop unmanned combat vehicles with autonomous technologies

Sept. 25, 2019
Unmanned combat vehicles could perform logistics support and intelligence gathering using artificial intelligence, robotics, and autonomous systems.

LONDON – Aerospace firm BAE Systems is working with the Australian Army to convert two M113 AS4 armored personnel carriers (APCs) with autonomous technologies that could “take soldiers off future battlefields.” CNBC reports. Continue reading original article

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25 Sept. 2019 -- In an announcement earlier this month, Britain’s BAE Systems stated that the Australian army would carry out experiments to “better understand the opportunities to employ autonomy on the battlefield.” Work on the autonomous combat vehicles is expected to be finished by October.

The unmanned APCs also will help the army to implement its robotic & autonomous systems strategy, BAE Systems officials say. Autonomous vehicles potentially could carry out tasks like logistics support and intelligence gathering. Broadly, the Australian army’s robotic strategy focuses on using emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and autonomous systems.

“Autonomous technology will assist soldiers to respond in an accelerating warfare environment — increasing their speed of initiative to outpace, out-maneuver and out-think conventional and unconventional threats,” Brad Yelland, the chief technology officer of BAE Systems Australia, said in a statement.

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