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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

Phase I – 2019-2020 : The first round builds on an Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) that was underway before Lesperance’s CFT was formed, the general said at AUSA. The Army has already awarded six contracts for design concepts, which Chief of Staff Mark Milley will personally review, and will soon pick which to actually build. The winners must deliver two prototype Next Generation Combat Vehicles and four Robotic Combat Vehicles by the last quarter of fiscal year 2019. After Army Test & Evaluation Command (ATEC) certifies the vehicles as safe, they’ll be given to an operational unit — combat troops, not professional testers — in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 (i.e. October-December 2019) for six to nine months of trials, including field maneuvers and live fire events. The goal is to establish a baseline level of autonomy for the succeeding phases. Phase II – 2021-...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/03/skeptics-ask-can-army...

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