Drones key in £66m boost to British Army funding

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The defence secretary has committed £66m to the Army in order to boost its military robotics projects.

According to Gavin Williamson’s announcement, drones will play a major role as part of the funding the British Army will receive.

Speaking at the Autonomous Warrior Exploitation Conference at the Science Museum yesterday, at the top of Williamson’s agenda was how small UAVs could aid the military in being an ‘eye in the sky’ for troops on the ground.

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Autonomy seems key for Williamson’s push to move the British military forward.

He went on to describe how, as well as drones, systems to fit Army fighting vehicles with remote-control capability, so they can be pushed ahead of manned vehicles and used to test the strength of enemy defences will also be key to the funding.

New autonomous logistics vehicles used to deliver vital supplies to troops in warzones, helping remove soldiers from dangerous resupply tasks will also be involved in the boost.

As part of the announcement, Williamson said: “This announcement is a clear demonstration of how our Armed Forces are reaping the benefits from our new multi-million Transformation Fund. Each of these new technologies will enhance our Army’s capabilities whilst reducing the risk to our personnel and I’m delighted we will be revolutionising frontline technology by the end of the year.”

He added: “The MOD has always embraced pioneering technology and this fund will ensure the UK stays at the forefront of global military capabilities and ahead of our adversaries.”

Earlier this week, the secretary of state for defence committed more money to drones as part of a chemical defences announcement.

Read CDP’s coverage of the news here:

Drone tech pivotal in £11m chemical defences boost

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