First defence CRC launched in Australia

25 May 2018 (Last Updated May 29th, 2018 12:06)

The Australian Government has formally launched the first defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for trusted autonomous systems.

The Australian Government has formally launched the first defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for trusted autonomous systems.

Formed under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, the defence CRC will focus on researching and offering advanced and game-changing autonomous technologies to the Australian defence industry, thereby ensuring trusted and effective cooperation between humans and machines.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The Defence CRC allows Australia’s industry and research sectors to collaborate with defence on leading edge technologies such as autonomous systems to maintain the ADF’s capability advantage.”

The research centre has been set up to initially carry out three major research projects in the maritime, air and land domains.

"Not only will defence benefit with new capabilities, Australian industry will improve its expertise and competitiveness in autonomous technologies."

The three projects will be led respectively by Thales Australia, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.

Australia’s CRC programme is claimed to be a tried and tested model with a track record in transforming research into capability.

Pyne added: “Not only will defence benefit with new capabilities, Australian industry will improve its expertise and competitiveness in autonomous technologies.

“I look forward to the CRC making a vital contribution to advances in autonomous systems for defence capability.”

To be headquartered in Brisbane, the CRC for Trust Autonomous Systems is chaired by University of South Australia Chancellor Jim McDowell.

Inaugural founding company members of the Defence CRC include BAE Systems Australia, DefendTex, RMIT University, and Defence Science and Technology.