The soldier, controlled and autonomous robots in a call for a fire in a test, an attack on the targets

Textron Systems’ Ripsaw M5 file photo. The Ripsaw to the M5 and is Textron Systems, which, for the Army’s Robotic combat vehicle (RCV) programs.
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Armed, Army, robot vehicles, carried out reconnaissance, referred to as indirect fire, and, when directed by human decision-makers, was attacked and destroyed enemy targets in a recent experiment designed to assess the technical maturity and the willingness on the part of the autonomous land drones.

“We had four robotic vehicles to conduct a tactical mission, as the people were safe in the defilade. We have built four robots that are refurbished M113 tracked vehicles, and we’ve got two Bradleys — and stripped it of them — and turned them into two of the vehicles with sensors on them,” Jeff Langhout, Director of Ground Vehicle Systems Center, told reporters in October at the Association of the u.s. Army Annual Symposium in Washington, D. C.

Langhout explains that the robots are engaged in “friendly fire” of missions and when directed by human decision-makers, by the existing doctrine that a human being is to be “in the loop” when it comes to the use of deadly force is on the attack.

It is the cutting-edge of manned-unmanned teaming, human-machine-interface and coordinate with human decision-makers, robots are more and more able to carry out autonomous functions. The Military doctrine of the parameters is significant, here, because of the technological ability of a robot to get to the sea, track, target and destroy a target without human intervention-is the principle here. However, for ethical and tactical reasons, DoD maintains a clear position that people need to make informed decisions about the use of lethal force, in spite of the progress made in the algorithms, which have a higher degree of autonomy. The doctrinal position is to be based on a recognition of the fact that even the most sophisticated computer algorithms are not sufficient for it to be replaced by the problem-solving, decision-making abilities of human cognition. There is concern, however, is that opponents will not be similar to learn.

These questions will figure prominently as the Army make use of the best available technology, to make rapid progress towards the ultimate goal of fielding a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles as a “wing-man” for the human to attack the vehicles.


“I truly believe that if we are to fight in the future, robots will be involved in” It. Gen. Ross Coffman, the Director of the Next Generation and the Ground of the Vehicle in a Cross-Functional Team, told reporters.

The concept is clear — to enable a human soldier, decision-makers, who operate in a command-and-control, the capacity to receive is organized, rendered, and integrated pest control in the real-time data from the robot. Unmanned aerial vehicles are able to carry ammunition, to cross the bridges into the enemy fire, to carry forward and set of missions to test the enemy’s defenses, to coordinate the air attack assets and, when directed by the human forces, and destroy enemy targets with their weapons. Not only will this kind of steps to expand the attacking options, and the combat and the lethality, although a better level of protection of the troops of the enemy’s fire, but they will continue to distribute, or promote the cultivation ‘ in force, subject to an additional tactical advantages. The robots will be able to support dismounted infantry, and in some cases, due to the crossing of the harsh terrain, leaving armored support to the advancing units.

This is all a part of the armed forces of the fast paced Robot combat vehicle program, a key component of the Next-Generation combat vehicle (NGCV) program is designed to provide the next generation of armored warfare the vehicles.

The Army is trying to be a light -, medium -, and heavy-duty fleet mechanical Combat Vehicle to support infantry and armored units along the way. The robots are designed to work in tandem with the development of the OMFV, Possibly, Manned Fighting Vehicle (Bradley replacement) exercise.

A OMFV Congressional Research Service report, citing a host of Robot combat vehicle Campaign plan says the service, which is required for the RCV Light may be less than 10 tons, with a single vehicle that can be transported by rotary-wing assets. It should be in a position to make room for an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) or a recoilless rifle.” RCV, on Average, by extension, can be as much as 20 tonnes, and will need to travel on a C-130 is also armed with sensors and the ability to fire ATGMs, and a medium gun. Finally, the RCV-Heavy, it must be a “non-consumable” one armed robot to the platform to be transported by a C-17, and we have the ability to destroy the enemy’s tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. While these vehicles can be tele-operated, and in the future, a single operator is potentially in a position to take control of a small fleet of robotic vehicles to the AI.


The RCV’s acquisition process, conducted by the Army and the Futures of the Commands NGCV, Cross-Functional Team has been on a fast track. The Army is now in the process of competitors, who have submitted white papers, and plans to go ahead with the acquisition process, decided on the steps in the next few years.

The four robots are used by Langhout are, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, to prepare for a safety release prior to it being shipped to Colorado, and in the following Spring for further trials.

“We would like to make use of what we have to think of what the claim is, is to try it and see what the soldiers are thinking,” Langhout said.

By 2023, Coffman explained, and the Army expects to have a refined sense of what kind of light -, medium -, and heavy-duty robot to mix up the power. Simultaneously with the operation of the plan, a phased-in expansion of the range of the robot and integration, in order to have a defined path to move from the section of the size of enterprise and small and medium enterprises and, ultimately, to a brigade-size units.

In March of the following year, the Army plans to select a vendor for the construction of a four-Light, RCVs, and is a vendor to the building of four Medium-sized RCVs, each with a one-year supply of the vehicle.


“There are three different weights that are transported separately, so that they will be able to have a single sensor or carry weapons. By 2023 we will have to make a decision on how to proceed with the gameplay. We are looking for our “Light” Varieties? Said? The Heavy ones? Or all of them? We have to decide, on the basis of: what can we learn from the experiments that we conduct,” Coffman said.

Army technology developers routinely discuss the benefits of autonomy in terms of the reduction of the cognitive load” on the soldiers for the execution of administrative and procedural functions and to allow the soldiers to be better able to focus on the complex problem solving required by the action.

“We want to make sure the soldiers in order to spend more time focusing on how to get to the fight, as opposed to how you wish to operate the vehicle,” Coffman said.

The advanced algorithms used to collect, organize, analyze, and transfer of a wide, seemingly unlimited amounts of information in just a few seconds – they will be able to organize and present all of the critical combat information in a matter of seconds. At the same time, there are still a large number of variables, and the subjective nuances is best left to the human decision-making process.

Autonomous navigation is a complex one, primarily on the ground that the objects need to have to do something in relation to other moving objects, the terrain, and the rapidly changing combat dynamics. Of course, there will be fewer obstacles in the air and to hinder aerial and autonomous flight.


With the help of a high-end machine is on a level of autonomy, many of its jurisdiction by the AI has been increasingly critical of the Army’s on-going work to strengthen and stiffen the multi-layered tactical combat network.


“This is a very complex business with a range of challenges. One of the biggest challenges that we have to go on is the network. If you’re on the ground, and you’ll have robots talking to other robots and to talk with a vehicle, you can go behind a rock, on a hill, in a ditch or in the corner of the building,” Coffman explained.

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