Defence secretary invests £66m to get robots on the front line
Chunk of Transformation Fund will be used to fast-track development of technologies including driverless logistics vehicles and miniature drones
The Ministry of Defence has pledged £66m in government funding “to fast-track military robotic projects onto the battlefield this year”.
Technologies that will be supported include “mini-drones” that can provide an aerial view of a battlefield, and remote-control systems for combat vehicles. The development of driverless vehicles that can deliver supplies to front-line troops will also be funded.
The goal is that the above technologies will be deployed on the ground by the end of the year, in countries including Estonia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
- MoD and Home Office put £1.6m into robot and drone projects for hazardous environments
- Defence secretary hopes to attract cyber experts to Armed Forces
- MoD seeks £4.5m partner for ‘battlefield information system’
The money will be drawn from the Ministry of Defence’s £160m Transformation Fund – a spending pot which defence secretary Gavin Williamson (pictured above) hopes to increase to £500m as part of the upcoming government spending review.
“This announcement is a clear demonstration of how our Armed Forces are reaping the benefits from our new multi-million Transformation Fund,” he said. “Each of these new technologies will enhance our Army’s capabilities whilst reducing the risk to our personnel and I’m delighted we will be revolutionising frontline technology by the end of the year. The MOD has always embraced pioneering technology and this fund will ensure the UK stays at the forefront of global military capabilities and ahead of our adversaries.”
The relationship between artificial intelligence and the law is receiving ever greater focus – while somehow becoming less clear. PublicTechnology looks at the role that regulators and...
Some departments report vast increases following introduction of new data-protection legislation
Webinar discussion – which is available to view for free – covers ethics, technical barriers, and key use cases of artificial intelligence
Government seeks input on possible new methods of protecting currency
BT presents findings from cryptocurrency firm Gemini on how they're providing customers with direct connectivity thanks to the Radianz network
BT outlines how a zero-trust approach is the best form of defence in a multi-attack vector environment
BT interviews Chris Roberts from Cisco to discuss the impact of our fast-paced culture on an enterprise’s network security measure
As part of October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month, BT is sharing their top tips on how keep information secure for both you and your organisation