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Australia, Japan sign undersea warfare research agreement

Japan and Australia signed a bilateral research, development, test and evaluation agreement in June to research robotic and autonomous systems for undersea warfare.

Japan and Australia signed a bilateral research, development, test and evaluation agreement in June to research robotic and autonomous systems for undersea warfare.

The agreement was signed between Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency.

It is expected to deepen interoperability between the two nations and develop additional undersea communications capabilities.

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The research project will enable Australia and Japan to achieve a qualitative edge in undersea warfare, Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro explained.

“Maintaining a technological edge in our rapidly changing strategic environment is vital,” Professor Monro said.

“This is the first collaborative research project to be conducted under the bilateral RDT&E arrangement signed with Japan last year.

“It illustrates the increasingly strong Defence science and technology relationship shared by Australia and Japan. By partnering, we deliver science and technology outcomes that we cannot achieve alone.

“This project will build a foundation for future joint research on robotic and collaborative autonomy, aiming to deliver advanced capabilities to support asymmetric advantage.”

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