The U.S. Army unveiled a policy to utilize robotics, artificial intelligence, composite materials and 3D printing in the maintenance of warfighter equipment, ArmyTimes reported Saturday. The service branch is looking to explore advanced manufacturing technologies to optimize the Army's logistics capabilities and expand operational rates for legacy equipment.
“Their ability to replace parts quickly, doing it within hours, as supposed to weeks. … There’s an immediate return where you can put it into tactical formations,” said Ryan McCarthy, secretary at the Army.
McCarthy noted the policy will also drive the military service to invest resources and funding in advanced manufacturing efforts for future projects.
“We’re already doing it in 2021, but we needed to get more aggressive so we could have a comprehensive approach.”