Textron Systems Corporation and Shield AI, announced a collaboration agreement on 13 October that sees the two companies partnering in support of advanced, multi-domain autonomy for a variety of military applications.

Based on years of mutual experience in the field, the organizations are cooperating on proof-of-concept work to integrate Shield AI technology into Textron Systems’ proven air, land and sea unmanned systems. With more than one million operational hours under its corporate belt, Textron Systems’ work with the best and brightest in the business, including Shield AI, delivers superior capability for evolving customer missions.

Working with US Department of Defense customers since the 1980s to provide reliable, highly capable unmanned systems, we understand how these technologies extend the capabilities of our warfighters, while keeping them at a safe standoff distance,” explained Textron Systems’ Senior VP Wayne Prender. “We are continuously enhancing our autonomous platforms to meet stated and anticipated future requirements for our customers. We look forward to collaborating with Shield AI on this shared priority.”

Shield AI, founded in 2015, specialises in bringing artificial intelligence into the manoeuvre force, by enabling systems to operate on the edge in denied environments.

Textron’s unmanned systems experience includes the AEROSONDE range of UAS. (Photo: Textron Systems)

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