Australia’s Department of Defence press release
New autonomous technologies will revolutionise mine clearance capability in operations close to shore through a new five-year, $15 million research and development project.
The project is part of a new partnership between Defence, Australia’s Trusted Autonomous Systems (TASDCRC) 🇦🇺 and Thales Australia.
Researchers will design, develop, test and evaluate various teams of micro Autonomous Underwater Vehicle swarms and Autonomous Surface Vessels, to develop new systems for underwater mine detection and clearance.
“As announced in the 2020 Force Structure Plan, developing new systems for underwater mine detection and clearance are vital to protecting Australia’s maritime environment and advancing our interests. Key technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, connectivity and cyber security will be vital in developing the capability to autonomously undertake environmental data collection and mine countermeasures missions. This will help to create a safer operating environment for Australian Defence Force personnel.”Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
said “Our local business partners will be part of the team designing and developing a communication, simulation and training solution for the new autonomous technologies. We are delighted to be working with the TAS DCRC, Thales, and Australian businesses Mission Systems and INENI Realtime. This will help us accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous systems and solutions in the area of mine counter measures.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price
Research partners include Flinders University, the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University.