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Army Buys 9,000 Mini-Drones, Rethinks Ground Robots

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Ground robots still lag drones, but the Army thinks both technologies are ready to field to frontline units, just at different levels.

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Forget The Terminator: Robotics For Logistics 1st, Combat 2nd

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Don’t think about the Terminator or Iron Man: Think about Sigourney Weaver’s power loader lifting crates in Aliens.

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Hunter Wolf: Killer Robot Golfcart

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While the current Army requirement is purely for transport, manufacturer HDT has carefully designed in enough horsepower and electrical power to handle a host of heavy upgrades, including the machinegun shown here.

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Army Vice Chief Allyn Lists Service’s Robotic Priorities

Posted by Richard Whittle on


AUVSI: Future warfare will “place a premium on all types of unmanned systems,” the Army’s vice chief of staff said Wednesday, and Gen. Daniel Allyn told the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International his service has five priority objectives for them. “First, these systems must increase our situational awareness, going where manned systems cannot, thereby… Keep reading →

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Tiny Drones Win Over Army Grunts; Big Bots? Not So Much

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Tiny drones, no bigger than your palm, were the big stars of an Army experiment in Hawaii, participants told Breaking Defense. Larger ground robots, however, struggled in the jungle. Staff Sergeant James Roe told me he was “blown away” by the PD-100 Black Hornet, a commercially available mini-drone used in PACMAN-I (Pacific Manned-Unmanned Initiative, part of… Keep reading →

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