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NAT’L – MILITARY – U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Robots Are Waging War Together

The future of war is already here: U.S. Army soldiers operating modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles acquired enemy targets by operating combat drones armed with guns and sensors, as part of an exercise intended to refine unmanned systems for targeting and attack operations.  U.S. Army soldiers operating modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles acquired enemy targets by operating combat drones armed with guns and sensors, as part of an exercise intended to refine unmanned systems for targeting and attack operations. The modified Bradleys, called Mission Enabling Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds), controlled several Robotic Combat Vehicles up to a 2,000 meter range, an Army report said. These new MET-Ds have 360-degree cameras, a 25-mm main gun, and control touchscreens. “The RCVs are M113 surrogate platforms that also have 360 cameras and fire 7.62 mm machine guns,” the Army report stated.  “The ability [to spot enemies] was exceptional, because that reduces the risk on our Soldiers and allows us to remain in a covered and concealed position and make decisions,” Coffman said during a media conference call Thursday. Brigadier General Richard Coffman, director of the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, said in the Army statement. The concept is clear—enable human soldier decision makers operating in a command and control capacity to receive organized, fused and integrated combat data in real time from robots. Unmanned vehicles could carry ammunition, cross bridges into enemy fire, perform forward recon missions to test enemy defenses, coordinate with air attack assets and—when directed by human authorities—destroy enemy targets with mounted weapons.  [full article]

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