In a World-First Exercise, AUKUS Partners Conduct Testing Of AI-Enabled Drone Swarm

By: | June 6th, 2023

The United States, Britain, and Australia conducted a world-first exercise at Salisbury Plain, England, under the AUKUS agreement to test drones equipped with jointly developed autonomy and artificial intelligence systems.

These systems can not only detect and track military targets, but also change their flight strategies in flight in response to mission changes.

The exercise involved over 70 military and civilian defense experts and industry contractors from the alliance. They used a variety of air and ground vehicles to test target identification. The objective of the exercise was to create unified AI and autonomy systems that enable drones to operate collaboratively as a swarm, autonomously, and in real-time within a realistic environment.

The integration of autonomy and AI is poised to revolutionize the field of defense.

The exercise is a significant step forward in the development of AI and autonomy for military applications. 

Here are some additional details about the exercise:

  • The exercise took place over two weeks.
  • The drones used in the exercise were equipped with a variety of sensors, including cameras, radar, and lidar.
  • The drones were able to identify and track targets in real time, even in complex environments.
  • The drones were also able to retrain themselves in flight in response to mission changes.

The success of this exercise is a major milestone for the AUKUS partnership.

It demonstrates the ability of the AUKUS partners to work together to develop cutting-edge technologies that will give them a significant advantage in future conflicts.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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