These HUM-T workshops are run by the Army’s Soldier Combat System Program, and bring together Army, CASG, industry and universities to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented when introducing autonomous and robotic systems to the Army.
COL Stu Davies, Director - Soldier Combat System Program outlining the program
Army has planned a 24-month program of teaming with industry and universities to explore concepts and learn from these experiments. Two initiatives are BAE Systems’ Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicle, based upon a converted M113; and Deakin University’s IISRI “leader/follower” vehicle concept.
AOS’s expertise and capabilities are relevant to the HUM-T program. The iOPFOR™ system provides an autonomous team of targets for live fire training. iOPFOR is being developed with the Army’s Special Forces Command.
Building on this autonomous teaming capability is AOS’s C-BDI™ Resilient Teams development. A Defence Innovation Hub-funded project, this will provides a generic capability for teams of autonomous vehicles and humans to work together.
The AOS Kelpie™ autonomous land vehicle, developed in collaboration with Army’s SFTF in Perth and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT, is designed for multiple roles.
Kelpie on location at RAAF Amberley for obstacle detection and collision avoidance testing. The prone mannequin was floored by the wind and used as a low obstacle.
These tests involve human and small animal mannequins, as well as airfield equipment, such as generator carts and maintenance stands. The prone mannequin was floored by the wind and used as a low obstacle.
Funded by RAAF’s Plan Jericho, Kelpie is designed to operate autonomously on RAAF bases. In its logistics role, it transports spare parts and tools around bases, between the various stores and the dispersed aircraft. It is also available to play a role in base protection, as part of AOS’s iWatchdog™ autonomous response and tactical surveillance system.