Day: April 10, 2018

Robots Replace Soldiers In Multi-National Breaching War Exercise

In a stunning show of robotic force, humans were absent last week during a field training exercise at USAG Grafenwoehr Army Base in Grafenwoehr, Germany. U.S./British Armed Forces and Department of Defense (DoD) contractors observed from the sidelines, as robots cleared simulated battlefield obstacles for manned tanks and fighting vehicles, said Stars and Stripes. On April 06, the multinational effort participated in the Robotic Complex Breach Concept assessment and demonstration, during which several new robotic war machines preformed breaching tasks usually carried out by soldiers.
“We did a robotic breach today, which has never been done before. This is a historic moment,” said 1st Lt. Cody Rothschild, an officer with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, currently on rotation in Europe. “This is a great step forward for the Army, and for robotics.”
The U.S. rotational armor brigade was the main firepower during the field training exercise, said Stars and Stripes. It provided direct and indirect fire via M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, while British Armed Forces supplied unmanned Terrier Armoured Digger vehicles to clear a simulated minefield. During the exercise, unmanned Bradley Fighting Vehicles were seen providing indirect fire for the main battle group. …