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Don’t Panic: Gen. Murray On Bradley Replacement Competition

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Get a grip, the Army Futures Command chief said: It’s way too early to start second-guessing the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program.

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Textron Rolls Out Ripsaw Robot For RCV-Light … And RCV-Medium

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The Ripsaw design is so flexible, the company claims, it can scale up and down for different missions.

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Army Robots Go Rolling Along – Ahead Of Schedule

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Industry’s prototype Robotic Combat Vehicles are proving more capable than the Army expected, Brig. Gen. Richard Ross Coffman told me: “It is really exciting.”

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NGCV: Hard Choices In Bradley Replacement, RFP Out Friday

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The Army will sacrifice some protection to fit two NGCVs on one Air Force C-17.

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Robot Hover Tanks With Ray Guns? Army Looks To Replace M1

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“It doesn’t have to be a tank, it just has to be decisive and lethal,” Brig. Gen. Richard Ross Coffman answered. “If that is run by a flux capacitor, hovers, and has a ray gun — and we can make it run at a reasonable cost — we’ll look at it.”

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From Google Cars To Robot Tanks: Army RCV

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The Google Car and Tesla Autopilot have blazed a trail for the future Army. Both robotics technology and Army thinking have come a long way since 2009, when Defense Secretary Bob Gates cancelled the massive Future Combat Systems program. Where FCS tried to invent new technology on a schedule for 19 different manned and unmanned… Keep reading →

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Army Pushes Bradley Replacement; Cautious On Armed Robots

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“Recent guidance from Army senior leadership has us looking at, emphasizing, Bradley replacement,” Miller told reporters in a conference call. “What we have now done is moved to accelerate our optionally manned fighting vehicle, the Bradley replacement, and we want to be able to focus on that.”

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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

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What mission does the Army really need armed robots for — expendable scouts, perhaps, or supplementary fire support? And does buying robots for that role really offer more tactical value than spending the same money on mundane upgrades to, say, self-propelled artillery?

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Army Wants Armed Ground Robot Prototype by 2019

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The new combat vehicles must be “optimized for fighting in dense urban terrain.” Fighting in narrow streets, in turn, requires smaller vehicles than the massive M1 — and one way to reduce weight is to take the humans out.

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