Reference News Network reported on October 12 that the website of Janes Defense Weekly published Melanie Roffreys article Future Ground Forces: Integrating Robot Combat Systems into the U.S. Army on October 10.
The U.S. Army is studying how to put robotics into the battlefield to reduce the risks faced by soldiers. One of the many projects in this area is the Robot Fighter Vehicle, which is part of the Armys Next Generation Fighter Vehicle program.
The robotic combat vehicle will consist of three vehicles with different chassis weights: light, medium and heavy. The main objective of the project is to validate the concept of manned/unmanned formation by exploring the current status of robotics technology and improving formation effectiveness.
Robot combat vehicles will be modular and can be reconfigured according to specific tasks and required capabilities. It will also support remote operation and be able to communicate with other types of unmanned ground combat vehicles. It is even envisaged that future robotic combat vehicle systems can become fully automated.
The light-duty robotic combat vehicle weighs less than 9 tons, can reach a speed of at least 40 kilometers per hour, and can carry 544 kilograms of payload. The platform is likely to use hybrid power, which can be powered entirely by batteries when sneaking is needed. It can also be equipped with anti-tank missiles or recoilless weapons.
Medium-sized robotic combat vehicles will weigh between 9 and 18 tons and can be transported by a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. In addition to medium-sized artillery or large recoilless guns, the vehicle will also be equipped with a number of anti-tank missiles.
Finally, heavy robotic combat vehicles weighing 18 to 27 tons must be transported by C-17 transport aircraft. It will be equipped with a weapon station capable of destroying armored combat vehicles, and will probably be equipped with additional protective armor.
All robotic combat vehicle platforms are expected to have a variety of sensor components that can cooperate with UAVs, which is critical for multi-field battlefields. Robot chariots will act as scouts to carry out forward reconnaissance missions and support future optional manned combat vehicles for the U.S. Army. When equipped with weapons, robotic combat vehicle platforms may also increase the lethality of armored brigade combat teams.
In addition, the project of robotic combat vehicle must ensure the integration of artificial intelligence, reliable network and automation. At the same time, it must improve the operational concept, tactics, technology and the man/no-man marshalling program in the combat-related tasks.
The U.S. Armys goal is to equip the first robotic combat vehicle force by 2026. It is envisaged that this will provide more space and time, and improve the operational effectiveness of ground forces on the battlefield by reducing risks and utilizing new capabilities. Robot chariots will also ensure that commanders understand the battlefield faster and make decisions faster than enemies.
The U.S. Army tested unmanned combat vehicles modified from M113 armoured personnel carriers. (Video capture)
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026