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Army Tests PACMAN-I Program Manned & Unmanned Robotics Tech; Tollie Strode Comments

Army-RoboticsU.S. Army soldiers have tested and operated new robotic prototypes at the Pacific Manned-Unmanned Initiative training site as part of a program that lasted more than two weeks.

The Army said Thursday the PACMAN-I program has developed manned and unmanned prototypes with a potential to perform stability and support roles as well as act in combat situations.

“(We) began the process of learning how to fight in formations with robotics to do the things that you would expect those robotics to do… allow us to see further, allow us to shoot at targets,” said Tollie Strode, a senior project officer at the Army Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Soldiers operated the unmanned vehicle system prototypes such as the Net Warrior Future and Multipurpose Unmanned Tactical Transport to execute different types of training scenarios.

Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center engineers and Maneuver Center of Excellence personnel have recorded data on the soldiers’ experiments with the prototypes to help develop future updates for the technologies.

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