Royal Navy Developing AI Mine-hunting Submersible - 28/06/2019

The Royal Navy is using artificial intelligence (AI) to task autonomous submersibles with hunting underwater mines. British geospatial and data company Envitia, along with its partner BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, has been selected to deliver this - one of the first AI projects for the Royal Navy.

Mine-hunting is currently carried out by a fleet of mine-hunter ships using sonar to survey seabeds looking for anomalies. But these new AI-enabled submersibles will be much quicker in being able to scan an object, identify the threat, and make decisions about what to do with it.

Routine Mine Countermeasure Tasks

The Royal Navy’s Route Survey & Tasking Analysis (RSTA) project will adopt autonomous vehicles, open architectures and AI, with the intention to deliver an unmanned capability for routine mine countermeasure tasks in UK waters by the year 2022.

As part of the Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) programme, RSTA will intelligently task a fleet of autonomous vehicles, utilizing machine learning, to analyse mission conditions and improve the success rate of all its missions over time.

Last updated: 08/07/2019