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Army robotics receives £66m boost

Photo: The X2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), on display at the Autonomous Warrior Exploitation Conference, at the Science Museum in London Photo: MOD

 

The Defence Secretary has committed £66m of defence’s new multi-million-pound Transformation Fund to fast-track military robotic projects onto the battlefield this year.

The X2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), on display at the Autonomous Warrior Exploitation Conference, at the Science Museum in London Photo: MOD

It was announced at the Autonomous Warrior Exploitation Conference at the Science Museum, Kensington that the British Army will benefit from: new mini-drones, providing troops with an eye-in-the-sky to give them greater awareness to outmanoeuvre enemies on the battlefield; systems to fit army fighting vehicles with remote-control capability, so they can be pushed ahead of manned vehicles and used to test the strength of enemy defences; and new autonomous logistics vehicles which will deliver vital supplies to troops in warzones, helping remove soldiers from dangerous resupply tasks so they can focus on combat roles. The injection of funding from the new £160m Transformation Fund will see some of this equipment set to deploy to the likes of Estonia, Afghanistan and Iraq before the end of the year. The investment comes after the army tested a range of projects as part of the biggest military robot exercise in British history at the end of last year, Exercise Autonomous Warrior.

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