What’s New in Urban Warfare Technology?

Photo illust. by US Air Force
Airmen with the 422nd Security Forces Squadron participate in a force on force exercise at Bicester Garrison, United Kingdom, March 29, 2018. The urban warfare exercise was designed to enhance and sharpen Airmen’s house clearing techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Sousa/Released)

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New technologies that offer help to forces in finding enemy troops when operating in confined or urban environments were evaluated during a military exercise in the UK.

UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) scientists have conducted an urban military experiment, known as the Contested Urban Environment exercise (CUE2021), attended by both the UK and international scientists and engineers. 

For the event, Dstl partnered with industry and academia, and its Five Eyes allied nations namely, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. The exercise is as part of The Technical Cooperation Programme (TTCP). Under the program, the five partner nations are testing advanced technologies such as highly distributed autonomous sensors.

The systems use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to detect threats including uncrewed air vehicles and support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) activities in all domains of warfare.

Furthermore, the five nations are also testing equipment that supports soldiers operating in dense urban terrain, casualty evacuation, robotic and autonomous systems for logistics re-supply and more.

The new equipment was tested together with futuristic technology in certain locations near Portsmouth and its Naval Base, as reported by army-technology.com.