DroneShield is participating in the UK’s month-long Autonomous Warrior exercise at the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) invitation, the company announced on 15 November.
British soldiers, sailors and airmen will spend part of the exercise evaluating and testing the effectiveness of robotic and autonomous systems on the battlefield. The exercise objective is to develop capabilities in surveillance which will greatly improve the effectiveness of long-range and precision targeting by service personnel and is the result of large scale collaboration between British forces, the US Army, the MoD, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and a number of industry bodies who were invited to participate.
As an invitee, DroneShield provided its DroneSentinel rapidly deployable counterdrone system for evaluation. “We were tasked with training and advising British troops on the deployment and operation of our DroneSentinel system. This allowed the troops to independently operate and integrate the capability, using the system to autonomously defend against drones and also inform commanders about the presence of threat drones,” explained DroneShield CEO, Oleg Vornik.
“Our Armed Forces continue to push the limits of innovative warfare to ensure that we stay ahead of any adversaries or threats faced on the battlefield. Autonomous Warrior sets an ambitious vision for Army operations in the 21st century as we integrate drones, unmanned vehicles and personnel into a world-class force for decades to come,” added British Defence Minister Mark Lancaster.