Already today, various types of unmanned andRemotely controlled vehicles are successfully used by armed forces around the world. While we are talking mainly about reconnaissance aircraft and drone drone. But the emergence of more advanced types of military equipment is only a matter of time. At the same time, the “debut” of such combat vehicles in the ranks of the army can take place very soon, after a year the US Army plans to conduct the first full-scale tests of combat robots. And this is just the beginning.
What kind of combat robots does the American army have?
At the moment, there are a lot of developments in thisareas, but if we talk about field trials, then in May 2020, the US Army will conduct military exercises using Bradley robotic tracked platforms in the modification MET-D (Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators), equipped with 7.62 machine guns and remotely controlled. At the first stage of testing, two combat vehicles will be involved, which will have to fire at suppression against training objectives and coordinate actions among themselves. Each platform has two operators to control and monitor the situation. The military exercises in the first phase will last 1 month.
On this, as you know, combat testsrobots will not end, and with each year the number and type of military equipment will change. So, by the end of 2021, the number of Bradley platforms in the MET-D modification should reach 6 copies, which will work in conjunction with another 8 light and medium robots.
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Further, in the third phase of testing, in 2023the number of units of military equipment will remain the same, but it will already belong to the heavy class of combat vehicles (the US Department of Defense is not reporting what samples it will be at the moment).
MET-D platform. In fact, this is an ordinary tank, and not a walking huge humanoid robot from science fiction works.
Why do we need combat robots
The main goal of the upcoming tests is to understandhow successfully a remotely controlled robot is able to perform combat missions. As a result of testing, the military will be able to understand the weak points of such combat vehicles and decide in which direction to develop robotic systems.
In addition, there is no denying the fact thatcombat robots have a ton of advantages. First, they make it possible not to risk personnel, saving the lives of soldiers. Secondly, in the absence of the crew, roughly speaking, “a lot of space is freed inside”, which increases the amount of payload that military equipment can carry. This can be used to, for example, increase ammunition.
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