The Deputy Chief of the Air Force, AVM Gavin Turnbull, stated in the Jericho At the Edge Magazine:
Kelpie™ is AOS’s revolutionary new autonomous vehicle, designed to support the Air Force on its bases, delivering supplies and spare parts, while doubling up as a “guard”, able to be autonomously deployed to investigate and report on potential intrusions into the base.
Kelpie™ is a manifestation of the Deputy Chief’s strategy, and is funded by Plan Jericho, the RAAF’s innovation organisation. Electrically with autonomous navigation capability, and operates off road.
It hosts iSight™ intelligent intruder tracking system developed by AOS, that autonomously classifies and tracks to facilitate facial recognition.
Kelpie™ is being developed by AOS in collaboration with Army’s Special Forces Training Facility and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, with funding from RAAF Plan Jericho
Following are the Kelpie’s main features: