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Mission Systems showcases SEA 1905 simulation software

Australian robotics company Mission Systems has shown off its mission simulator and AI-based Automatic Target Recognition training software in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1905 project.

Australian robotics company Mission Systems has shown off its mission simulator and AI-based Automatic Target Recognition training software in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1905 project.

The NSW-based robotics company previously signed a memorandum of understanding with Exail to collaborate on the development of mine countermeasure technology to support Exail’s push to secure the Commonwealth government’s SEA 1905 contract.

Mission Systems co-director David Battle said the videos are indicative of the realism achievable in their flagship S4 simulator, which has been directly interfaced with the RAN’s existing MINTACS and Exails UMISOFT software suite.

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“Some people dont get the value of such realism to mission simulation, but to us, its all about representing data in a form thats quickly comprehensible to humans,” he said.

“Objects like ships and underwater vehicles need to behave in the correct way as a function of environmental influences such as sea states, currents, tides, and so on.

“Of course, we have other simulation modes where we just want to punch out data very fast for training our AI-based Automatic Target Recognition; but you really need both capabilities in a complete simulation system.”

Dr Battle said the collaboration could extend beyond MCM to other military applications such as military survey, seabed warfare, and civil maritime applications.

“We at Mission Systems are delighted to collaborate with Exail and are eager to leverage our cutting-edge real-time mission simulation and accelerated machine learning technologies to enhance the overall performance of Exails naval drones, AUVs, as well as towed sonars,” he said.

“Our aim is to provide advanced technological solutions to the Australian Navy, as well as to allied navies across the globe.”

Exail MCM product line director Daniel Scourzic said integrating Mission Systems technology into Exail’s data management system has produced improved performance, faster mission times, and reduced operator workload.

“The collaboration with Mission Systems will enhance sonar operators training on various types of contacts and in different types of environments, while also taking into account the underwater vehicles’ behaviours that may affect data and sonar image quality,” he said.

“The benefit of this simulator is to be able to create, within a short timeframe, multiple mine views, from different angles and ranges, and from the simplest to the most complex environments.

“With this collaboration, we are truly speeding up the incrementation of AI-based ATR within operational systems to quickly create hybrid learning databases of real and simulated data.”

Exail has also established technological partnerships with Australian companies UGL, Acacia Systems, Solutions from Silicon, and Total Marine Technology.

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