A US Army official claims the service has made significant progress regarding the possible implementation of heavy robotic combat vehicles into combat, following a monthlong series of experiments at Colorado’s Fort Carson.
“We’re taking a lot of technology, we’re experimenting and this experiment was 100% successful,” Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) Cross Functional Team, expressed to reporters during a Thursday briefing, as reported by Defense News.
“The whole purpose was to learn where the technology is now and how we think we want to fight with it in the future.”
“Some [technology] knocked our socks off, and some we’ve got a little bit of work to do,” he admitted. “But that is why we do these things, so we can do it at small scales, so we can learn, save money and then make decisions of how we want to fight in the future.”
Nevertheless, the Army, with the help of unnamed companies, has been able to confront and sometimes overcome the technological hurdles of RCVs, such as the communication between robot and controller, according to Coffman.
“We went after them with [electronic warfare], we saw they were self-correcting, so that if they’re on one band, they can switch to another,” he said, “so we have a really good idea of what is in the realm of the possible today.”
“If you could extend the battlefield up to 2 kilometers with a robot, then that means that you can make…