US, UK, Australia conduct test of AI-Enabled drone swarm

The United Kingdom (UK) has conducted its first military trial of an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled drone swarm in collaboration with the US and Australia.

A collaborative swarm of drones detected and tracked military targets during the first AUKUS Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomy trial in the United Kingdom (UK).

Organised by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the trial was held at Upavon airfield in Wiltshire, UK.

Notably, the trilateral drill was part of the AUKUS Advanced Capabilities Pillar program to develop and test leading-edge technologies.

The event allowed the three countries to share AI models to ensure compatibility with participating unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

According to the DSTL, the drone swarm detected and tracked military targets in a real-time representative environment.

It was the first time the jointly developed AI capability of Australia, the UK and the US was deployed on coalition autonomous systems to undertake an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

The AUKUS collaboration aims to advance these technologies into military application.