IAI, Matrix to jointly develop AI for automated target detection on future battlefield 

Under their agreement, the two companies will set up a center to develop the technology that will be integrated into IAI’s space, defense and other systems 

IAI's President & CEO Boaz Levy (L) and Matrix CEO Moti Gutman. Photo: Israel Hadari 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israeli IT company Matrix signed an agreement to establish a joint AI excellence center. The two companies will co-develop artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data-driven solutions to be integrated into IAI's satellite and space systems, defense and attack systems, missiles, homing heads, electro-optical payloads, and additional systems, IAI said.

In the first stage, the development center is to focus on AI-driven solutions for automated target detection on the future battlefield. The center will seek to expand the capabilities and performance of existing systems and introduce innovative capabilities on automated systems, according to the company.

IAI has been using AI capabilities in its various systems for many years. It will now leverage the development center to work with Matrix Defense on scaling existing capabilities and developing new ones. At the center, both companies will create innovative analytic engines and enhanced battlefield capabilities. The joint teams are to work with experts in specific fields such as satellites, missiles, strategic systems, and more, as well as content experts on AI, analytical engines, and big data, IAI says.

In an age of big data, with system operators grappling with an influx of information, integrating operational scenarios and automated tools with high reliability will enhance system performance and provide a significant edge on the future battlefield, according to the company. 

Inbal Kreiss, Head of IAI’s Systems Missiles & Space Group Innovation Center, said "The collaboration with Matrix Defense is part of the open innovation IAI promotes. The state-of-the art technologies we develop and implement provide the business lines technological value and increase the effectiveness of our advanced systems for our customers. Expanding the existing AI capabilities will enhance the performance on the future battlefield, making our systems significantly more robust."

Ron Barak, Head of AI Research at Matrix Defense, said "Over the years, Matrix has built a leading AI research center which emphasizes deep learning. Matrix’s solutions are integrated into a broad range of information-generating channels and digital transformation, providing significant value to our civilian and defense customers. We believe that joining forces with IAI’s experts will enable the two companies to create breakthrough capabilities for IAI’s core activities."

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