Guidance

Autonomy Programme

The Autonomy Programme explores autonomous technologies that can be used within all defence environments.

Autonomy is one of the emerging technologies identified by UK Industrial Strategy as a key contributor to driving economic growth and delivering wide-ranging benefits for society.

Autonomy has many potential applications within a defence context, and will have a significant role in shaping the future operational environment, delivering efficiencies and maintaining competitive advantage.

The Autonomy Programme explores technologies that can be used within all environments and that will provide the most significant military impact over current capabilities. It will develop and demonstrate concepts across the Defence enterprise.

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The programme spans activities such as:

  • developing underpinning technologies to enable next generation autonomous military systems
  • concept development and trials
  • algorithm development
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • optimisation of human autonomy teaming
  • the legal, certification and regulatory requirements of autonomy.

Through collaboration with international partners, academia and industry, the programme will also be able to draw on external civil and military scientific and technological developments and capabilities.

The programme helps to:

  • identify ways to remove the human from harm
  • achieve agile and capable forces
  • reduce the cost of defence.

Key activities

  • Explore opportunities for autonomy to impact intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and defence resupply and logistics challenges through the Defence and Security Accelerator
  • Understand how artificial intelligence and machine learning may impact Defence
  • Understand how the legal, certification and regulatory issues for autonomy can be addressed

For more information about this programme, please contact us: centralenquiries@dstl.gov.uk

Published 1 January 2018