The U.S. Army has tested two vehicle platforms designed to provide transportation capacity in various types of terrain as well as help soldiers detect aircraft and conduct three-dimensional fires targeting missions.
The service branch said Thursday it tested the Hunter and Killer platforms during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at Fort Sill in a push to develop new methods for the systems to operate with minimal human instruction.
Hunter is built to help ground troops call for automated precision fires as well as help air forces communicate with other airmen for support.
The Killer platform offers a capacity to fight in the cyber and space domains through features that disrupt communication between UAV threats and its operators.
Scott Patton, science and technology strategist at the Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, said feedback from the last MFIX event revolved around anti-unmanned aircraft vehicle mobile integrated capacities and its potential for transportation.
Patton added the AMRDEC team seeks to develop a capacity for units such as the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions to airdrop the vehicles from helicopters to help gather intelligence, perform precision fires and intercept UAVs on the battlefield.