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Accelerator Autonomous last mile resupply Challenge overview - 23 May 2017

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Challenge overview
23 May 2017

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Accelerator Autonomous last mile resupply Challenge overview - 23 May 2017

  1. 1. OFFICIAL Autonomous Last Mile Re-supply Overview The challenges 23 May 2017 Defence and Security Accelerator
  2. 2. OFFICIAL The Army Perspective Lt Col Mark Stuart Defence and Security Accelerator
  3. 3. OFFICIAL Who am I? UK OFFICIAL • 19 years in Army Combat Service Support (CSS) • Operational experience – Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Cyprus • HQ Army Capability Directorate CSS - Concept Capability Development – Innovation, Research & Experimentation – Force Development – “Fight Tomorrow” Interoperability – Logistic Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Information – Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  4. 4. OFFICIAL User need UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl25 May 2017 • reduce the demand on existing platforms and infrastructure • reduce the risk and burden on military personnel during last mile resupply • increase the efficiency of the last mile logistic resupply operations with pace and accuracy • provide an assured resupply capability to enable more agile operations in complex environments
  5. 5. OFFICIAL The Modern Soldier Burden The British Army Mule Pamphlet 1928 states a mule must not carry more than 25% of it’s body weight Currently, the average Infantry soldier carries 82% of his body weight in Combat Equipment
  6. 6. OFFICIAL ‘Last Mile Resupply’ - a definition © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl “The delivery of combat supplies to personnel engaged in combat operations. Although relatively small in distance, these resupply activities are challenging as they are in an environment that is typically hostile, complex and contested. These activities need to quickly and efficiently deliver vital supplies in order to maintain operational tempo and enable successful mission outcomes.”
  7. 7. OFFICIAL Combat supplies Ammunition Fuel and Lubricants Rations Water
  8. 8. OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl Adverse weather Hostile environments Temperature Extremes
  9. 9. OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl Off Road Mobility Hostile environments Dense vegetation
  10. 10. OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl Complex urban Hostile environments
  11. 11. OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl Contested electromagnetic environment Hostile environments Conventional threats Human terrain, disaster relief
  12. 12. OFFICIAL Anecdotal evidence UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  13. 13. OFFICIAL Current methods of supply UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl = consumes substantial assets, time and manpower and can be dangerous in hostile locations
  14. 14. OFFICIAL Current methods of supply UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl = troops often need to carry additional supplies to reduce resupply uncertainty, which can result in significant physical burden, and which in turn can increase the risk of injury and reduce combat effectiveness
  15. 15. OFFICIAL Capability requirements UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • Range • Payload • Environment • Signature • Support • Power • Navigation • Survivability • Connectivity
  16. 16. OFFICIAL Final points © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • We do not seek one solution • Complex environments - unique challenges • Versatility is key
  17. 17. OFFICIAL Technology Challenges Mark Emerton Defence and Security Accelerator
  18. 18. OFFICIAL Challenge Structure UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  19. 19. OFFICIAL Challenge 3 (Management) Challenge 2 (Autonomy) Challenge 1 (Platforms) Challenge Structure UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl25 May 2017 + Integrated System Demonstrators Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Down-selected Phase 3 system demonstrator
  20. 20. OFFICIAL • unmanned systems for logistics resupply in challenging military environment • waypoint-based control • simple and safe to operate in a deployed military environment with limited infrastructure • 300m to 30km ranges • transported by current capabilities and impose minimal additional logistics burden • integrate with existing platforms • modular and open architectures to allow future enhancement ChallengeUnmanned air and ground load carrying platforms
  21. 21. OFFICIAL Challenge Technologies and systems to allow load carrying platforms to operate autonomously • provide novel methods of command and control and management • provide performance step-changes in the use of unmanned systems in tactical logistic roles • simplified or automated features, such as launch, recovery, loading, unloading, recharging/refuelling
  22. 22. OFFICIAL Challenge Technologies to autonomously predict, plan, track and optimise resupply demands from military users • logistics demand prediction and reporting • planning of resupply missions • manage and track resupply missions • provide feedback to providers and end-users • automate or speed up simple manual requests
  23. 23. OFFICIAL UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl Vignettes
  24. 24. OFFICIAL Vignette A UK OFFICIAL
  25. 25. OFFICIAL Vignette B UK OFFICIAL
  26. 26. OFFICIAL UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  27. 27. OFFICIAL Target performance – ranges UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • in the land environment, the ‘last mile’ has a broad definition. The useful range of an autonomous resupply system could be, in some cases, as low as ≈ 300m in some environments • a ≈ 3km range would be sufficient for resupply within a company, in most cases • a ≈ 30km range would allow resupply of dispersed units
  28. 28. OFFICIAL Target performance – payloads UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • combat supplies can often be broken down into small quantities to (potentially) be delivered directly to individual users • autonomous resupply systems could comprise of multiple vehicles. We want to see systems capable of delivering 50kg of supplies
  29. 29. OFFICIAL Target performance – tempo UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl Speed > 30km/h ‘Turn around’ < 10 minutes
  30. 30. OFFICIAL Target performance – environment UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • off road terrain • >10m/s wind speeds • advanced terrain types: urban, littoral, forest / jungle, mountain, desert • > 20m/s wind speeds
  31. 31. OFFICIAL Target performance – autonomy UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • GPS-denied capable • aware of tampering • waypoint control • automatic route planning • obstacle avoidance + re- planning • automatic terminal guidance • beyond visual line-of-sight
  32. 32. OFFICIAL Target performance – integration UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl • transportable • supportable • physical + electronic integration with vehicles / bases. • integrated with an automatic logistics demand management system
  33. 33. OFFICIAL something like this… UK OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl

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