The British Army has envisioned its plans for the future battlefield with soldiers integrated with Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) that will exploit ‘human-machine-teams’ through a combination of autonomous, robotic and artificial intelligence technologies.
Innovation will be at the forefront of a future Army as outlined in the recent Defence Command Paper, which will be further supported by the £24 billion increase in spending over four years, as announced last November.
An example of how the Army could deploy RAS in the future, could include using uncrewed, computer-driven vehicles to provide situational awareness or deliver aid to remote regions.
Such platforms would also be able to rapidly deploy counter-drone capabilities to survey areas of land and use a wide range of sensors and effectors that can see, shift or shoot across the whole battlefield.
Army Chief of the General Staff, Sir Mark Carleton-Smith said: “The future British Army will draw on innovation, cutting-edge technology and play its part in Defence’s ambition to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Our Future Soldier initiative will see more versatile and increasingly deployable land forces in the face of evolving threats.”
The British Army is to also shortly publish its ‘Approach to Electrification’ as part of its Future Soldier initiative.
The Army’s ‘Approach to Electrification’ spanning the next 15 years, will be focused on increased in the use of batteries, sustainable energy and hybrid electric drive technologies across the Army’s vehicle fleet.
“This approach to electrification will set out how the Army intends to take advantage of the opportunities provided by sustainable technology for land capabilities. It will ensure the Army’s electrical infrastructure is ready to meet the electrical demand required on the battlefield of the future. Delivering effect needs the right power, in the right place, at the right time and using hybrid vehicles will make it easier to get the power to where it needs to be,” said Assistant Head of Plans for Ground Manoeuvre Capability, Colonel Simon Ridgway OBE.
Electrification of the battlefield will increase operational advantage and change the way land forces operate in the future, enabling significant advances in stealth mode capabilities with reduced thermal and noise signature.
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