Australian Army tests advance tech solutions in US collaboration

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The Australian Army has joined forces with allies and partners in Project Convergence, marking a crucial step in testing and advancing networks, robotic and autonomous systems, as well as air defence and strike-related systems.

Project Convergence, spearheaded by the United States, represents a concerted campaign of learning through persistent experimentation. Its primary objective is to rapidly advance and seamlessly integrate technology across all warfighting domains, ensuring a decisive advantage in both competition and conflict scenarios.

Colonel Casey Guidolin, director of Australian Defence Force Multi-Domain Strike, emphasised the strategic significance of Australia’s participation in Project Convergence, highlighting the opportunity to assess new and emerging technologies within the framework of a coalition force.

“Project Convergence Capstone Four provided Australia with the opportunity to work closely with allies and partners to promote a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” Colonel Guidolin stated.

He further elaborated, “The ADF continues to test and invest in new and emerging technologies through multinational activities such as Project Convergence. In a time of heightened competition and conflict, working with the militaries of our allies and partners ensures we can work together as an integrated force in all warfighting domains on national defence.”

Hosted by the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force, Project Convergence brought together participants from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, and Japan.

The campaign, conducted between February 23 and March 20, 2024, comprised a two-phase “in the dirt” experiment held at two locations in California.

This year’s iteration of the project offered the Australian Army a unique opportunity to evaluate capability modernization as an integrated force for Australia’s national defence across all warfighting domains, including land, air, sea, space, and cyber.

Approximately 120 Australian soldiers actively participated in Project Convergence, contributing to the development of skills and fostering relationships with international partners and allies.