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Collaboration between man and machine is one way of reducing the risks among staff, automating complex tasks and coordinating human and machine factors in real-time. By combining manned and unmanned players, military missions can be carried out in complete coordination between both parties.

Marine Corps helicopters demonstrated manned-unmanned teaming capabilities in a special exercise with the US Navy in California recently. Participating in the exercise were marines from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1), as well as sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23). For the demonstration, the Navy-Marine Corps team used a UH-1Y Venom and an AH-1Z Viper helicopters, as well as an unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout.

While the manned helicopters conducted the actual attacks, the unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter assisted in locating targets and coordinating strikes throughout the exercise.

According to, by using this method, the United States Armed Forces coordinated strikes and planned missions while keeping in close communication with manned and unmanned aircraft.