An indigenous smoking ceremony marked the official start of a challenging exercise, designed to showcase a growing navy capability on the NSW South Coast.
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Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2018 is designed to explore the potential of robotic, autonomous and uninhabited systems, in support of Defence operations in coastal environments.
The exercise started on November 5 and will continue until November 23 at HMAS Creswell and surrounding Defence-controlled areas in Jervis Bay.
Director of Navy’s Littoral operations and the navy sponsor for Autonomous Warrior 2018, Commodore Steve Hughes said the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony exemplified how the exercise brought the past and future together, while respecting the traditional custodians of the land and water.
“We are looking forward to hosting our industry, military and science partners and witnessing how autonomous and artificial intelligence technologies can help us maintain a winning edge across the spectrum of maritime, land and air operations, from surveillance to high end warfare,” CDRE Hughes said.
The exercise will see a series of exhibits and trials of autonomous vehicles and is an opportunity for industry to showcase its latest technology and capabilities.
One of the highlights is the ‘Autonomy Strategic Challenge’ (also known as ‘The Wizard of Aus’), featuring a set of multi-national scientific trials, as both navy and army exercise their in-service autonomous and unmanned assets.
Held under the auspices of the ‘Five Eyes’ Technical Cooperation Program, Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2018 is being led by Defence Science and Technology (DST) and supported by the RAN.
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