The latest developments in autonomous capabilities for the ground, air and water environments were on display at Autonomous Warrior 2018, held during November at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay.

Led by Defence Science and Technology and supported by the Royal Australian Navy, the Autonomous Warrior event showcased the potential for autonomous systems to support Defence while operating in coastal environments.

The event focused on the control and integration of uninhabited systems, combining scientific trials, industry demonstrations and exercises involving in-service robotic and autonomous systems. It was the largest activity of its kind ever conducted by Western allies.

Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation, Andrew Hodgkinson, said Autonomous Warrior highlighted a wide range of unmanned capabilities.

“For Defence to be an innovative organisation going forward that is at the leading edge, and that maintains a warfighting edge, we need to work hand in glove with industry and that is exactly what is happening here,” Mr Hodgkinson said.

“This type of activity is an excellent opportunity for industry to get closely engaged with the Defence users of capability, and gain an understanding both of what they need in terms of fielding capability and how their capabilities can potentially contribute to warfighting effect in the field.”