AI soldiers: Army trials battlefield scanning technology

23 September 2018, 23:26 | Updated: 24 September 2018, 01:31

Artificial intelligence which scans battlefields for hidden attackers has been successfully trialled by the British Army.

The UK-created technology, dubbed SAPIENT, flagged dangers to soldiers as sensors scanned a mock urban battlefield in Montreal, Canada.

The Ministry of Defence says the technology will free up other soldiers who man live CCTV-type feeds for enemy movement, and will reduce human error.

The system was tested alongside other experimental military technology, including robotic exoskeleton suits, night vision, and surveillance systems.

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: "This British system can act as autonomous eyes in the urban battlefield.

"This technology can scan streets for enemy movements so troops can be ready for combat with quicker, more reliable information on attackers hiding around the corner.

"Investing millions in advanced technology like this will give us the edge in future battles."

The army's three-week trial was the latest in a series of Contested Urban Environment experiments, which involve soldiers from the Five Eyes allied nations of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Soldiers tested the latest military technology from several nations. The UK is set to hold a similar exercise in 2020.