Downer Defence Systems (DDS) has partnered with Urban Circus, EPE, and Boeing offshoot Insitu Pacific to develop the autonomous Muskito military vehicle (pictured).
DDS has been announced as prime systems integrator for the velicle, a Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) concept that will use autonomous systems and machine learning.
Once an explosive threat is detected, a warning is flashed to an operator via a visual interface.
The project, part of the army’s LAND 154 Phase 4 development, has been awarded a $3 million contract through the Defence Innovation Hub.
Downer Defence Systems’ EGM Andrew Foster said: “IEDs and other related threats have been the scourge of Australian and allied service personnel in their operations overseas in recent decades, and we are grateful to be given an opportunity to play a role in helping to mitigate that threat.”
Downer’s local partners are Urban Circus, a leader in 3D visual systems, EPE bring its counter IED expertise.
Insitu Pacific’s Managing Director, Andrew Duggansaid: “During the time we supported the ADF with unmanned aerial ISR services in Iraq and Afghanistan, our team witnessed the destructive and devastating effects of IEDs.
“As a company focused on driving innovation to solve complex problems, we welcome the opportunity to be part of this Australian team to develop a world-class counter improvised threat solution.”
Insitu Pacific will deliver the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will integrate with the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to provide tactical data
Picture: Downer Defence Systems
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