Army sets March 2020 for tests to determine feasibility of folding robotic combat vehicles into land forces
Tests at Fort Carson will use modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles to evaluate robotics on the battlefield, and will influence Army autonomous development.
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16 July 2019 -- During that time, soldiers will help test modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds). The test will influence future Army autonomous vehicle testing and development.
The upgraded armored personnel carriers feature cameras that provide operators with 360-degree awareness, a remote turret for the vehicle’s 25-millimeter main gun, and enhanced crew stations equipped with touch screens. The March testing will involve a pair of MET-Ds alongside four robotic combat vehicles.
The vehicles are experimental prototypes that never may make their way into the field. Rather, feedback from the soldiers, drivers, and gunners who will participate in the test will be used by the Army Futures Command to improve its autonomous vehicles ahead of other future tests.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics