BAE Systems Australia has announced that it will work with the Australian Army (AA) to develop an autonomous version of the service's M113 AS4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) as part of a demonstration project.
Two of these APCs will be converted at BAE Systems Australia's Edinburgh Parks facility by October using autonomous technologies developed by the company. This project "will see these vehicles used by the army to conduct experiments to better understand the opportunities to employ autonomy on the battlefield and implementing its [the AA's] recently released Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy", the company said on 3 September.
Following the demonstration, the optionally crewed M113 AS4s will also be available for BAE Systems and other Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) partners to use as test and demonstration vehicles, the company added.
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