The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has announced the first wave of £4 million funding
The funding aims to revolutionise the way warships make decisions and process thousands of strands of intelligence and data by using Artificial Intelligence (A.I.).
Nine projects will share an initial £1 million to develop technology and innovative solutions to overcome increasing ‘information overload’ faced by crews as part of DASA’s Intelligent Ship – The Next Generation competition.
In July 2019 DASA announced the competition, which was seeking proposals for novel and innovative projects that enable and facilitate the broader use of intelligent systems within future warships, with the potential for wider utilisation across the defence forces.
Besides this initiative, there are a lot of AI projects still ongoing in U.K
The UK’s BAE Systems has invested £20m in the development of augmented reality and AI Systems for naval combat systems. Electronics engineering consultancy, Roke Manor Research is working on situational awareness software called STARTLE, which will help ship’s crew identify potential threats more quickly and enable the ship’s command team to make better-informed decisions.
In June 2019, the UK Royal Navy announced that it would use artificial intelligence to task autonomous submersibles with hunting underwater mines. British geospatial and data company Envitia, which has expertise around applying AI and machine learning to complex data problems, along with its partner BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, will deliver one of first AI projects for Royal Navy. Mine hunting is currently carried out by a fleet of mine-hunter ships using sonar to survey the sea bed. But these new AI-enabled submersibles will be able to scan an object and identify a threat more quickly and make decisions about what to do with it.