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Navy publishes RAS-AI strategy

Australian Mine Warfare Team 16, MCDGRP and DSTG staff operating the Bluefin 9 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) from a Mine Countermeasure Support Boat (MCMSB) during a Project Sea 1778 equipment application course at Pittwater, NSW. Photo: Defence

The Chief of Navy used the Maritime Environment Working Group (MEWG) meeting earlier this month to launch his service’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence strategy document – the RAS-AI Strategy 2040. This was produced by Warfare Innovation Navy, a Directorate focussed on innovation for the war fighter and that forms part of Navy Capability Division.

The RAS-AI Strategy 2040 doesn’t single out specific technologies but instead identifies common enablers that will be required to make the Navy ‘RAS-AI ready’. It describes the technology context and identifies the driving forces, common trends, technology forecasts and potential missions that will shape a RAS-AI-enabled Navy in the future. And it sets out the Navy’s RAS-AI Vision – the 4PC, for Force Protection, Projection, Partnering, Potential and Sovereign Control.

The RAS-AI Design principles set out in the strategy focus on User-Centred Design, Decision Support, Joint Integration and two key principles: Evergreening – the process of continuous development and adaptation to meet emerging threats; and Australian Sovereign Control.

The RAS-AI Strategy 2040 can be downloaded from the Defence Science Institute’s web site here.

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