US Army to test powerful tracked robots with anti-tank missiles
The US Army Combat Development Command’s Ground Vehicles Center has begun recruiting mobile combat robots with heavy weapons and remote control systems.
Defense contractor QinetiQ has announced that it has supplied the military with the first model of the RCV-L light tracked platform for a robotic ground combat system. On its basis, US Army engineers are planning to create a vehicle with Javelin anti-tank missiles, a 50-caliber machine gun and long-range infrared guidance sensors. Despite the automation of most systems, the operator who remotely controls the attack will be responsible for target selection and shooting.
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As part of the program for the development of a new type of weapons, the Center for Land Vehicles plans to create robots of light, medium and heavy class. At the same time, the military will test not only controlled, but also unmanned versions that can interact with UAVs.
Ultimately, the command wants to create a single network that will allow coordinating the actions of various centers in real time for the simultaneous implementation of a number of operations.
In addition, last year, US Army researchers reported that they plan to present a prototype artillery gun with a range of up to 1,850 km by 2023.