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Using autonomy to supply the ‘last mile’

The UK Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has challenged industry and academia to design autonomous systems to resupply frontline troops. As part of the MoD’s innovation initiative, £3m has been invested in the next stage of the Innovation Autonomy Challenge which will focus on the ‘last mile’ of support – getting supplies to troops. Claire Apthorp finds out how, drawing on the rapid progress of the private sector, the MoD plans to leverage the success of technologies such as delivery drones.

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