One of the notable presentations was by Dr Marcus Hellyer, Senior Analyst, ASPI, titled: “Current Defence spending by the Australian Government”. Dr Hellyer outlined the Government’s commitment to funding the commitments made under the Whitepaper over the coming years.
His presentation described the five capability challenges facing the ADF in light of the rapidly evolving Asia/Pacific security environment. One of the five areas that he highlighted was Investment in Autonomous Systems, a point reinforced by Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Richard Burr, AO, DSC, MVO. Army is currently investing in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, following a published strategy (read more).
AOS is working to provide this capability to the ADF, and AOS’s second-generation Kelpie autonomous ground vehicle has been developed in partnership with the Army and Plan Jericho (read more).