Strategic Elements 'Stealth Technologies' to develop autonomous defence vehicle

Strategic Elements’ subsidiary Stealth Technologies is geared up to manufacture an autonomous defence vehicle through a new collaboration with Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG), part of the Australian Department of Defence, and the University of Western Australia (UWA).

The collaboration will result in the design and delivery of an autonomous drone-carrying vehicle that automates detection, while sensing CBRN agents. The vehicle will be able to carry drones into a target environment, while keeping humans at a safe distance, allowing the user to quickly navigate a target area using sensors. The new design will be based off Stealth Technologies’ existing IP, the AxV autonomous vehicle, which has already been used alongside organisations such as the WA Department of Justice and CSIRO.

The work will be partly funded by the Western Australian Defence Science Centre, which has agreed to provide $150,000 in funding towards the development, plus investigation into manufacturing opportunities in Western Australia. Along with the WA Defence Science Centre, UWA and DSTG have committed to provide $350,000 of cash and services to the collaboration, while Stealth Technologies will also invest around $350,000.

Under the funding agreement, Stealth Technologies will retain 100 per cent of the IP and associated commercialisation rights for CBRN and other defence force related applications. “The Autonomous CBRN vehicle has the ability to mitigate certain risks that our Australian Defence personnel face in CBRN environments whilst increasing the efficiency and accuracy of CBRN detection and sensing,” Managing Director of Strategic Elements, Charles Murphy said. “We see significant commercial opportunities to build its value across multiple sectors such as security, defence, mining and logistics.”

An initial concept design of vehicle, drone launch and land system is expected to be completed in Q3, 2021.

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