The Australian Army’s armoured personnel carriers are soon to undergo an intriguing demonstration project that could have a dramatic impact on the future of warfare.
The Army will combine with BAE to convert two M113 AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers at its Edinburgh Parks facility in order to conduct experiments “to better understand the opportunities to employ autonomy on the battlefield and implementing its recently released Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy”.
Following the demonstrations, the converted M113 AS4 will be made available to BAE Systems, as well as other Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre partners, to be used as a test and demonstration vehicle for the company to use to develop autonomous technologies.
“Autonomous technology will assist soldiers to respond in an accelerating warfare environment – increasing their speed of initiative to outpace, outmanoeuvre and out-think conventional and unconventional threats,” BAE Systems Australia chief technology officer Brad Yelland said.
“The Australian Army Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy highlights the goals that Army is seeking from this disruptive technology.
“Through this demonstration and the CRC program, we will help the Army achieve that.”
The Trust Autonomous Systems CRC began in 2017 under the government’s Next Generation Technologies fund in order to deliver “game-changing autonomous systems that ensure trusted, reliable and effective cooperation between people and machines during military operations”.
BAE Systems is a founding member of the CRC and is the industry lead for Land Autonomy, working closely with Army and with Defence Science and Technology Group to ensure soldiers have what they need to be future-ready on the battlefield.