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Perth robotics company teams with Defence to save lives on the battlefield

Aiza Mabayag
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A leading Perth technology company is working with Defence to develop a robotic command and control system that would enable casualties to be evacuated from the battlefield on an autonomous vehicle.

Chironix’s system, which is at the proof-of-concept stage, would also enable deployed soldiers to call for supplies or perform other logistical tasks using robots.

The company develops software for robots that tailors them for use not only in defence, but across a range of sectors including mining, construction and oil and gas.

“Chironix would help research what role robots could play in providing advanced casualty care and treatment to soldiers injured on the battlefield,” Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said

The agreement with Defence, valued at almost $160,000, would also include looking at the use of driverless technology in vehicle convoys across a range of dif

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ficult military environments.

“Chironix had demonstrated its advanced skills in robotics and software engineering through its engagements with Defence and the US Office of Naval Research. Technological evolution and innovation in land combat and protected vehicle capability is integral to giving Australia a warfighting edge,” Minister Melissa said.

“A key contributor to this will be the development of a robust, resilient and internationally competitive Australian defence industry. It is for that reason that the Morrison Government is proud to partner with Chironix and invest in developing autonomous systems capabilities,” Minister Melissa said.

“Our investment helps create a highly skilled workforce and intellectual property that will enable the ongoing and agile evolution of land combat and protected vehicle technologies,” she said.

“The partnership between Defence and Chironix would help raise WA’s profile in cutting-edge defence research and its local defence industry,” Federal Member for Curtin, Celia Hammond MP said.

“Chironix is showing just how capable our defence industry is not only here in WA, but right across Australia and across the world. This sort of technology has the potential to be a game-changer for our soldiers on the front line and I am so impressed that is being developed here in Osborne Park,” Federal Member Celia MP said.

 

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