Through the development of significant automation and smart analytics, the engine is able to rapidly cut through masses of complex data. Providing efficient information regarding the environment and terrain, it enables the Army to plan its appropriate activity and outputs. The Army's Director of Information, Major General Jonathan Cole said: "The deployment was a first of its kind for the Army. It built on close collaboration between the MOD and industry partners that developed AI specifically designed for the way the Army is trained to operate.
The lessons this has provided are considerable, not just in terms of our support to deployed forces, but more broadly in
how we inform Defence's digital transformation agenda and the best
practices we must adopt to integrate and exploit leading-edge
This AI capability, which can be hosted in the cloud or operate in independent mode, saved significant time and effort, providing soldiers with instant planning support and enhancing command and control processes.
20th Armoured Infantry Brigade and user of the AI, Major James Mcevoy said:
This was a fantastic opportunity to use a new and innovative piece of
technology in a deployed environment. The kit was shown to outperform
our expectations and has clear applications for improving our level of
analysis and speed at which we conduct our planning. I'm greatly looking
forward to further opportunities to work with this.
In future, the UK armed forces will increasingly use AI to predict adversaries' behaviour, perform reconnaissance and relay real-time intelligence from the battlefield.
During the annual large-scale NATO exercise "Spring Storm", soldiers from France, Denmark, Belgium, Estonia and the UK used the technology whilst carrying out live-fire drills.