Personnel from the RAF Force Protection (FP) Force based at RAF Honington have been stateside conducting Force Protection Experimentation (FPX).
Supporting the jHub Futures innovation team, part of the UK Strategic Commands Innovation Hub, the RAF FP Centre have been exploring and developing a multi-domain, command and control concept, which included training in the USA on an advanced surveillance system, the GHOST Mk4 UAS, which incorporates artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Programme TALOS aims to accelerate a Defence-wide approach to integrated command and control. The programme explores the developments in new key technologies that can support Defence-wide force protection. This phase of Programme TALOS is supported by Anduril Industries.
Flt Lt Romp from the RAF FP Centre said:
Advancements in key technologies such as autonomy, edge processing, big data and artificial intelligence have reached a stage where it is possible to fundamentally reimagine Defence’s approach to command and control: harnessing machine-speed in decision support and decision-making; connecting all of Defence’s platforms, sensors and effectors into a single network; using distributed and resilient systems capable of operating under machine control. These concepts have far-reaching implications.
FPX is an ambitious innovation initiative, where RAF FP Force personnel trial new equipment to develop new ways to protect the next generation RAF. FPX will revolutionise the delivery of future FP in support of Air and Space operations worldwide.