DARPA Tests Unmanned Tech for Combat Operations

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency facilitated a week-long experiment at Twentynine Palms, Calif., to evaluate the use of autonomous technology on the battlefield, C4ISRnet reported Friday.

The series of tests comes as part of DARPA’s Squad X program aiming to utilize emerging technologies to refine warfighters’ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The experiment tasked soldiers to collaborate with autonomous ground and aerial vehicles fitted with modernized sensing and targeting features to establish warfighter confidence in unmanned systems during combat.


Squad X is an ongoing research initiative working on leveraging autonomous systems as well as other initiatives such as improving ground-to-ground detection and drone reconnaissance.

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