Australia, Japan Sign Research Agreement for Undersea Warfare

This research project plays a crucial role in improving undersea communication and interoperability, strengthening joint strategic capabilities.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 08:40 AM, January 23, 2024
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Australia, Japan Sign Research Agreement for Undersea Warfare

Australia and Japan have officially entered into an agreement aimed at advancing strategic capabilities in robotic and autonomous systems for undersea warfare.

The collaborative research project, initiated by the Defence Science and Technology Group of Australia and Japan's Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency, marks the first undertaking under the bilateral research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) arrangement inked in June 2023.

The inaugural research project holds a pivotal role in enhancing undersea communication and interoperability between the two nations, contributing to their joint efforts to bolster strategic capabilities. The collaboration is a testament to the robust defense science and technology relationship that has evolved between Australia and Japan, anchored by the Special Strategic Partnership and the updated Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation. These agreements were officially endorsed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia and His Excellency Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, in 2022.

Professor Monro elaborated on the significance of the project, highlighting its role in laying the groundwork for future joint research on robotic and collaborative autonomy. The overarching goal is to deliver advanced capabilities that will provide an asymmetric advantage in the realm of undersea warfare. The collaboration reflects the commitment of both nations to staying at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring their joint ability to navigate and excel in the evolving strategic landscape.

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