Aerospace Giant Develops AI-Based Unmanned Systems

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A new technology examines an unmanned system’s route planning, location, ability to identify objects, and the platform’s subsequent behavioural response. The development is part of a partnership between Boeing Australia and the Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (DCRC) to develop advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to create smarter unmanned systems for global forces. 

Embedding machine learning techniques on-board will help unmanned systems better understand and react to threat environments.

The DCRC was launched in 2017 by the Australian government to focus on the development of trusted autonomous systems in partnership with academia, publicly funded research agencies, and industry — particularly small to-medium enterprises — in a bid to create an “interlocking research and innovation capability that is focused on driving a Defence outcome,” according to

“Over the next 12 months, Boeing Australia will design and test cognitive AI algorithms to enable sensing under anti-access conditions and to navigate and conduct enhanced tactics in denied environments,” said Boeing Phantom Works director Shane Arnott.

Boeing will also work with Australian university partners and RF Designs to flight-test and evaluate the capability of autonomous jets.

Under the program, the aerospace giant plans to develop autonomous systems capabilities to increase the independent operation of air and sea vehicles. It will focus heavily on the regulatory side and has been built on the existing partnership Boeing has with the Shell-operated, Queensland government gas initiative.

At the time, Boeing Autonomous Systems vice president Chris Raymond said basing the company’s investment in Queensland would further its relationship with local security forces and Defence.

“Apart from the financial investment, one thing we’ve really found here is all the elements of innovation: The university ecosystem, the small to medium-sized enterprise business, the technical providers we have in the supply chain, and then our own Boeing people here.