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Artificial Intelligence-Powered Drones Detect, Track Targets in Overseas Testing

AI and autonomy trial

Artificial Intelligence-Powered Drones Detect, Track Targets in Overseas Testing

A collaborative swarm of artificial intelligence-powered drones from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States demonstrated its ability to detect and track military targets during the first AUKUS AI and autonomy trial held in April at Upavon Airfield in Wiltshire. The U.K. Ministry of Defence said the trial, organized by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, was the world’s first live re-training and international exchange of AI models. The trial was part of the AUKUS Advanced Capabilities Pillar, which aims to fast-track the development of critical technologies including AI, quantum, cyber and hypersonics, C4ISRNET reported.

Abe Denmark, the U.S. senior adviser to the secretary of defense for AUKUS, said the trial was a result of pooled resources and expertise. In a statement, Denmark said the partnerships will ensure militaries are equipped with the latest and most effective tools.

Among the technologies jointly deployed in the field are the Blue Bear Ghost and Insitu CT220 drones, Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior armored vehicles, Viking uncrewed ground vehicles, a commercial FV433 Abbot self-propelled artillery gun and a former Eastern Bloc BMP OT-90.

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