Magazine article Army

Robust Range of Robots Ready to Relieve Some Soldier Tasks

Magazine article Army

Robust Range of Robots Ready to Relieve Some Soldier Tasks

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Fully and partially automated robots are being readied to relieve soldiers of burdens and make their jobs safer. These new and improved machines will enter Army service beginning in fiscal year 2019.

The star of the upcoming robots is the Common Robotic System Individual, which will offer soldiers on the ground myriad capabilities, among them bomb detection; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and ordnance disposal. The Army has very specific and demanding requirements for this robot. It must be mobile and easy to carry, weigh no more than 25 pounds and include a common controller. It must also be versatile and capable of being quickly reconfigured for various missions by adding or subtracting modules and features.

Another current Army program, the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport, is also designed to save the soldier. …

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