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British army's 'detect and destroy' battlefield system uses AI

The British army has contracted for a system that will allow soldiers to identify targets while putting themselves in less danger, officials said Friday. Photo courtesy Elbit Systems
The British army has contracted for a system that will allow soldiers to identify targets while putting themselves in less danger, officials said Friday. Photo courtesy Elbit Systems

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The British Defense Ministry announced a $137 million contract on Friday for a high-tech surveillance system that could help soldiers to detect enemy targets.

The Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator, with "sensor to shooter" or "detect and destroy" thermal imaging technology, will be built by the British subsidiary of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems over five years.

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The number of systems purchased by the ministry was not announced.

Using the system enhances a soldiers' ability to find and identify battlefield targets, and quickly provides targeting information necessary to fire quickly and accurately, the ministry said in a press release.

With information gathered on a tablet computer, as the operating soldier remains hidden, the system relays the data to an aircraft or artillery system to engage a target.

The system has six distinct suites, tailored to specific battlefield mission roles, and is compatible with existing hardware and software. And it can be operated by a single soldier.

The DJFI uses artificial intelligence and can interface with radio communications equipment already in use by the British armed forces, Elbit Systems said on Friday in a statement.

"This contract with Elbit Systems UK not only delivers the very latest in battlefield technology to our frontline soldiers, but also invests in the British defense industry, sustaining more than 500 jobs across the U.K," Defense Minister Jeremy Quin commented.

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