High-power laser developer AIM Defence has been selected to partner with the Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG) for 16-months to progress AIM’s ‘hybrid-twin’ virtual testing arena, designed to improve the tracking accuracy and precision of AIM’s drone destroying lasers.
AIM was selected to partner with DSTG as part of the Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA) funded via the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), with 21 other companies also successful in the evaluation process.
The testing will occur over 16 months, with the novel hybrid-twin capability expected to enable the testing of autonomous platforms at a lower price of traditional outdoor test procedures. AIM notes that this method utilises physical testing in symbiosis with digital augmentation within the test environment.
“The funding provided under the ICERA program to extend AIM’s in-house technology is a validation of the work the team has been doing to build better testing environments for safer, faster iteration of both software and hardware in the defence sector,” Jessica Glenn, co-founder of AIM Defence, said.
Already the testing site has already been utilised to expedite concept testing and iteration cycles of the site’s high-precision laser tracking systems.
AIM Defence has confirmed that the site is currently undergoing a retrofit to support the future testing and evaluation of autonomous unmanned vehicles.
“We’re excited to leverage this state-of-the-art digital environment in a new way for Defence and help close the loop in testing what are increasingly complex autonomous platforms,” Jae Daniel, co-founder of AIM Defence, said.
According to AIM Defence, the partnership follows several previous research projects between the company and the DSTG.
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