The U.S. Army and the Maneuver Center of Excellence conducted tests on unmanned ground vehicles between Monday and Thursday to determine which could fit the branch’s defense and cargo needs, Army Times reported Oct.12.
Joe Gould writes that during the exercises at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army and MCoE evaluated vehicles that are designed solely for cargo and others that are built for both cargo and remote weapons firing functions.
“This is a first look for a lot of people who will be there at what an armed robot looks like and what happens when this thing starts popping rounds downrange,” Tollie Strode, the MCoE’s unmanned systems lead, said to Army Times.
Vehicles that took part in the exercise included:
- DRS Technologies’ and Synbotics’ Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle-Squad Support
- Lockheed Martin’s Squad Mission Support System
- Northrop Grumman’s Mobile Armed Dismount Support System
- QinetiQ North America’s Raider II
- QNA’s Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System