These Robots Can Detect The Origin Of Bullets

Lance Cpl. Brandon Dieckmann, infantryman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Las Vegas, leads the Legged Squad Support System through a grassy area at Kahuku Training Area, July 12, 2014, during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise. The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab during the Advanced Warfighting Experiment. It is programmed to follow an operator through terrain, carrying heavy loads like water and food to Marines training. There are multiple technologies being tested during RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the Pacific region. This year's RIMPAC features 22 countries and around 25,000 people. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan/RELEASED)

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Advanced target robots do not allow shooters to get used to the familiar target environment. New mobile target robots based on Artificial intelligence can dodge shooters’ bullets.  The robots are dressed as soldiers and carry dummy guns. Mounted on wheeled vehicles, they can maneuver their way around obstacles and away from the direction of bullets. The artificial intelligence algorithms enable the robots to use undulations in the terrain for cover from gunfire. On a flat surface, the robots bend forward or backward and hide behind bushes to avoid the bullets.  

During tests, the soldiers first fired from a prone position and from their knees at standard and stationary targets at a distance of 150, 300 and 350 meters. Several targets entered the shooting zone and disappeared to simulate a real battle scenario.

With the help of sophisticated terrain orientation mechanisms, laser sensors, and navigation systems, the target robots developed are capable of independently analyzing the situation at the range and acting in an organized group.

“They can be like allied troops – move with ours, or as enemy troops can carry out various scenarios, such as getting out of an ambush, bypassing our troops, or organizing an ambush,” said Pavel Ikomasov, a leading software engineer at a company developing robotic targets. 

The system could be adapted by the Main Directorate of Combat Training of the Armed Forces of Russia in the near future, cited In future, groups of dozens of such robotic targets can be used to simulate the battle conditions in defense and offensive for tactical exercises.

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