Minister Pyne said the deployment of more than 1000 Kestrel systems is a worldwide export success for Australia.
“It shows Defence and Australian industry can not only collaborate successfully on developing a Defence capability, but also market it internationally,” Minister Pyne said.
The Kestrel software identifies and tracks moving targets on land and sea environments from live stream video on military platforms.
“This product significantly improves Defence’s ability to simultaneously identify multiple threats that would normally be missed by the human eye,” said Minister Pyne.
Kestrel has been successfully deployed in Middle East Area of Operations in support of Australian and Coalition forces.
Kestrel was developed under the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator program and transitioned into service with Australian and Coalition forces.
The Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program is one of the Defence innovation programs that are transitioning into the new Defence Innovation Hub, which will open later this year as part of the government's $1.6 billion investment in building a strong and vibrant Australian defence industry and innovation sector.
Since its first introduction into service in 2010, Kestrel has been, and continues to be, used to support the missions of customers that include Australian Defence Force, US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Department of National Defence.
In addition, it has been used in support of allied mission combat environments that include Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and in support of military and civil applications in Australia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, UK and North and South America.
“Being able to achieve one thousand deployed systems is a testament to the durability and flexibility of the Kestrel autonomous detection software,” said Simon Olsen, director of business development, strategy and partnerships at Sentient.
“Kestrel’s ability to work in real environments, on real missions and with all types of imagery sets it apart from any of its competitors.”
From its origins as a software system in support of unmanned system operations, Kestrel is now being used on over 20 types of manned aircraft, on ground control systems, remote terminals and even on a small form factor chip processor board.
“Our progression on-board – in particular with small form factor processing boards – marks the next big step in the evolution of Kestrel. Processing boards remove the laptop from the equation, which transforms the ease in which customers can access data from Kestrel,” said Olsen.