Rheinmetall’s SWA Position Selection Assistant accelerates operational planning for the German military with AI

Rheinmetall and Fraunhofer IOSB have accelerated the pace of battlefield management, reducing the time to prepare an operational plan from one hour to ten minutes by introducing a Stellungswahlassistent (SWA) Position Selection Assistant, according to the latest annual military research report from the German Ministry of Defense, published on January 15, 2024.

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The reduction in planning time, from approximately 60 minutes to 10 minutes, was observed during initial process evaluation tests conducted by two comparison groups that had to develop a preliminary operating plan. Using a place value map – a type of heat map produced by the SWA to estimate place value in the area – the comparison group with the automated tool was able to complete the task much earlier than the control group.

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These results were later confirmed at the German Army Tactical Center, although areas for further research were revealed as the choice of positions was lacking when considered with approach and departure paths.

Nevertheless, the Army Tactical Center estimated that SWA provided a time advantage of 30 minutes per command level.

The SWA was developed by Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH and Fraunhofer IOSB on behalf of the Bundeswehr’s Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and then patched through a spiral development process with the support of German Army Headquarters to include testing and feedback by the users, with Rheinmetall ultimately responsible for introducing the systems and producing the user interface.

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