Elbit Systems of Australia has launched a Melbourne-based Human and Machine Teaming Centre of Excellence in a partnership with the Victorian Government. This will be only its second outside Israel and will drive R&D and commercialisation of both defence and commercial technologies.
“Elbit Systems of Australia has a vision to conduct research and development in partnership with academic institutions to develop highly advanced autonomous solutions that will build home-grown capabilities for our defence force and emergency services,” said Managing Director, Major General (ret’d) Paul McLachlan AO, CSC. “The devastating bushfires that swept across most of Australia in 2019/20 are still fresh in our minds and Elbit Systems of Australia aims to use the Centre to produce solutions that fuse multiple data and sensor inputs to enhance situational awareness and decision processes,” he added.
“Through the Centre of Excellence, we aim to continue to digitise manual processes and systems that currently exist within the emergency services and defence force to deliver a system that will enable users to get the upper-hand faster than ever before. Those improvements could no doubt save time, money, infrastructure, resources, and possibly even save lives.”
The research, which has a focus on collaboration between people and autonomous systems, will produce applications that can be used across defence and homeland security, in addition to all emergency services. The company will also seek to partner and work with local universities, research and technology institutions, to develop unique, leading-edge technology that will deliver compelling technology to navigate the future with confidence.
“The launch of this innovative Centre of Excellence is a key milestone in the company’s transformation to be an independent innovative technology company in Australia employing locals to create products specially designed for the Australian market,” said McLachlan.
Elbit Systems of Australia employs around 250 people at locations across Australia, including six new full-time employees at the Centre of Excellence.