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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Matrix Defense are to establish a joint artificial intelligence (AI) centre of excellence for automated target recognition, the companies announced on 22 February. The new technology will be implemented in IAI’s space, electro-optical and missile guidance systems.

The two companies will co-develop AI, machine learning (ML) and big data-driven solutions to be integrated into IAI’s satellite and space systems, defense and attack systems, missiles, homing heads, electro-optical payloads, and additional systems. Initially, the development centre will focus on AI-driven solutions for automated target detection on the future battlefield. The center will seek to expand the capabilities and performance of existing systems and introduce innovative capabilities on automated systems.

IAI has been using AI capabilities in its various systems for many years. It will now leverage the development centre to work with Matrix Defense on scaling existing capabilities and developing new ones. At the centre, both companies will create innovative analytic engines and enhanced battlefield capabilities. The joint teams will work with experts in specific fields such as satellites, missiles, strategic systems, and more, as well as content experts in AI, analytical engines, and big data.

In an age of big data, operational systems users grapple with information influx. Integrating operational scenarios and automated tools with high reliability will enhance system performance and provide a significant edge on the future battlefield.

Inbal Kreiss, Head of IAI’s Systems Missiles & Space Group Innovation Centre, observed “The collaboration with Matrix Defense is part of the open innovation IAI promotes. The state-of-the art technologies we develop and implement provide the business lines technological value and increase the effectiveness of our advanced systems for our customers. Expanding the existing AI capabilities will enhance the performance on the future battlefield, making our systems significantly more robust.”

Ron Barak, Head of AI Research at Matrix Defense, added “Over the years, Matrix has built a leading AI research centre which emphasises deep learning. Matrix’s solutions are integrated into a broad range of information-generating channels and digital transformation, providing significant value to our civilian and defence customers. We believe that joining forces with IAI’s experts will enable the two companies to create breakthrough capabilities for IAI’s core activities.”

IAI's President & CEO, Boaz Levy, and Matrix CEO, Moti Gutman, signing the agreement. (Photo: IAI/Israel Hadari)

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