Boeing is collaborating with Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (DCRC) of Australia for developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems for future unmanned systems which would be offered to global forces. Future unmanned systems with embedded Machine Learning would be in a better position to understand and react to various threat environments. Boeing will also work with the Australian academia and Brisbane based supplier RF-Designs to flight test and evaluate the capability with autonomous high performance jets. The first project will examine an unmanned system’s route planning, location, and identification of objects and the platform’s subsequent behavioural response.

Australia had established the DCRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems in 2017. The aim of establishing DCRD was to support the rapid creation and transition of industry-led trustworthy smart-machine technologies. The centre provides these advanced system through the industry-led innovation eco-system to the Australian Defence Forces. The DCRC receives funding from the Australian Government managed Next Generation Technologies Fund and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

“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 Dr. Shane Arnott, director of Phantom Works International.

Professor Jason Scholz, chief executive officer of the DCRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems said, “Together with Boeing, we are investing in advanced technology that can have real game-changing product outcomes for our military to match the evolving threats and achieve a sustainable autonomous industry for Australia,” said