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With a vision to integrating and speed up the deployment of robotics and unmanned systems to the modern British Army, the British Army conducts ongoing research into new technological developments within the field of robotics and unmanned systems. In an announcement earlier this month, the British Ministry of Defense announced they would hold a military exercise in which automatic armored vehicles and other combat engineering vehicles would be used and tested.
Various operational capabilities were demonstrated in the exercise, such as the Terrier (Armoured Digger) – armored combat engineer vehicle, the Atlas (autonomous armored land vehicle) – motorized robotic weapons, and a system designed to assist the human crew in battle.
It is part of a broader and comprehensive plan by the British Army, which aims to create the first light brigade combat team of robotic and autonomous systems by 2025. As part of its flagship RAS program, the British Army is also integrating robotics and autonomous systems to ensure crew safety and protect soldiers.
In an ambitious program, advanced technologies will be used in a variety of areas to improve remote control, communications, intelligence, and surveillance. The British Army is also experimenting with the use of manned and unmanned players in the air arena (Human-Machine Teaming [HMT] project), according to bulgarianmilitary.com.
British Army’s Theseus project is another interesting experiment whose main purpose is to identify and determine which tasks on the battlefield front can be automated, thus influencing the way the army will fight in the future. As part of the project, Theseus will develop self-propelled air or ground platforms for the supply of ammunition, including ammunition, materials, food, and fuel.