Autonomous Robotic Fleet To Resupply UK and US Troops

The US and its allies are also getting serious about armed ground robots

UK and US armed forces have completed their first combined field test of robotic convoys. At the US Army’s Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center in Grayling, the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center and Michigan Britain’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) proved how British-designed partially-autonomous logistic convoys could function with independent ground-based and aerial resupply systems.

MIRA VIKING 6x6 Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)

Tests involved a series of robotic UK and US vehicles like the MIRA VIKING 6×6 UGV

One of the persistent problems with infantry combat is that soldiers on the front line are the sharp edge of a long, complicated logistical supply line that usually undergoes a dangerous blockage. The prominent military powers run on extraordinarily developed systems to have their soldiers in the field. Still, the last mile of the resource line hasn’t improved that much from Roman times with crucially needed shipments of water, food, ammunition, batteries, and medicine often being pulled overland by hand.

This difficulty not only means that keeping soldiers supplied is exceptionally problematic but also that valued personnel is at risk when they could be better utilized for more significant tasks. For this purpose, the type of military robot that armies are presently most interested in isn’t the killing machines of science fiction Hollywood movies, but a sort of robotic mule that can bring up the rounds and rations.

As part of this struggle, American and British militaries and engineers have spent the past three years observing a variety of independent ground vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) to resolve logistical problems. Dstl’s Autonomy Innovation Lead, Peter Stockel said this climaxed in the new tests, which were intended to get a better comprehension of not only how to incorporate these technologies, but also to acquire how to develop new procedures and battlefield strategies for coalition forces.

Autonomous powered paragliders are one of the technologies being developed to resupply troops

Unmanned powered paragliders are one of the tech being developed to resupply allied troops

For the Michigan training, a robotic group made up of numerous US and UK vehicles was tested in several modes, including a semi-autonomous one where the convoy tailed a lead vehicle through a chain of waypoints using sensors and leader data. More on, the exercise showed off mission and operation logistics planning, autonomous and semi-autonomous load-handling automobiles, and autonomous last-mile resupply capabilities.

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“[The US-UK Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR)] is a great instance of successful US/UK Science and Technology and warfighter association,” says Brigadier Darrell Amison, the British Army’s Head of Capability Combat Service Support. “More than three years of trials and experimentation CAAR has swiftly developed the Army’s thinking around the use of self-directed capability within an information-led, unified, and technology-enabled supply chain. Exploitation into the Army’s core Combat Service Support several and transformation programs is now the main concern, and we’ll seek prospects for collaborative capability development where it makes sense to do so.”

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