Leading systems and engineering technology consultancy, Frazer-Nash, has been selected as one of the winners of the Defence and Security Accelerator’s ‘Autonomous Last Mile’ resupply competition.
The company has been awarded funding to develop a battlefield management program – ‘Route, Environment, and Asset Resupply Manager’ or ‘REARM’ – which will help the Army use autonomous assets to deliver supplies to front line missions.
Project Manager, Thom Kirwan-Evans, describes how the program will help optimise the automation of resupply systems:
“REARM is a state-of-the-art program that is capable of receiving – and learning from – real-time updates from the battlefield. It will be able to issue orders to a fleet of autonomous land, air and sea assets to undertake resupply operations, identifying the optimal plan, route and vehicle for the dispatch of supplies.
“Through machine learning, REARM will be able to develop an understanding of the battlefield environment, forces’ needs and autonomous platforms’ delivery capabilities, using this to predict demand and plan operational delivery to the front line.”
In its initial Phase 1 development, REARM will be demonstrated in a simulated environment, being integrated with real-life systems in Phase 2.
Pete Stockel, Dstl’s competition lead said: “The number and quality of the entries for this competition was outstanding and the competition was fierce. We chose the best from across the proposals to enable the system solutions we want for prototype demonstration and evaluation. This was a fully open competition, with many of those down-selected happening to come from the UK. This illustrates the strength of our national capability and the benefit of recent investments in this important, and rapidly developing, technology sector.”