Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States will conduct joint maritime drone exercises in 2024 and aim to integrate artificial intelligence into various military systems, including maritime patrol aircraft, senior defence officials from the three nations said on Friday.

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, and Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles said after the meeting that the exercises were expected to enhance the capability to “jointly operate unmanned maritime systems and to share and process maritime data among all three countries”.