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British Army Set to Redefine Warfare with Joint Autonomous Warrior


05 July 2018

 Autonomous Warrior, the 2018 Army Warfighting Experiment, will push the boundaries of technology and military capability in the land environment.
 
And one of the key areas it is set to test is the autonomous last mile resupply. The ‘last mile’, which represents the extremely dangerous final approach to the combat zone, is crucial to ensuring soldiers have the food, fuel and ammunition to keep them alive.
 
Autonomous Warrior will test a range of prototype unmanned aerial and ground cargo vehicles which aim to reduce the danger to troops during combat.
 
The British Army is set to launch the four-week exercise on 12th November, with a Battlegroup from 1 Armed Infantry brigade providing the exercising troops and taking responsibility of command and control.
 
British soldiers will test and evaluate the effectiveness of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) on the battlefield.
 
These technological advances will play a key role in the Army’s Strike capability, ensuring our forces remain unmatched on the global stage.
 
As well as demonstrating the vehicles during the last mile, Autonomous Warrior will also develop capabilities in surveillance which will greatly improve the effectiveness of long-range and precision targeting by service personnel.
 
The exercise is the result of a large collaboration between the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, US Army, MOD, Dstl and around 50 industry participants.
 
Autonomous Warrior will play an integral role within the £800 million Defence Innovation Fund which supports ground-breaking ideas aimed at transforming both defence and British industry.
 
The land-based exercise follows on from the hugely successful ‘Unmanned Warrior’ which the Royal Navy demonstrated autonomous systems diving, swimming and flying together to engage in surveillance, intelligence-gathering and mine countermeasures.
 
Source: MOD