"The U.S. Army Is Turning to Robot Soldiers" (Bloomberg, 5/18/18)

Right now, they’re used for reconnaissance and explosives. Soon, they’ll be on the battlefield alongside troops. Then comes the hard part.

By Justin Bachman | Bloomberg | May 18, 2018

 

... The Pentagon has split its robot platforms into light, medium and heavy categories. In April, the Army awarded a $429.1 million contract to two Massachusetts companies, Endeavor Robotics of Chelmsford and Waltham-based QinetiQ North America, for small bots weighing fewer than 25 pounds. This spring, Endeavor also landed two contracts worth $34 million from the Marine Corps for small and midsized robots ...

“It’s a recognition that ground robots can do a lot more, and there’s a lot of capabilities that can and should be exploited,” said Sean Bielat, Endeavor’s chief executive officer. Specifically, he points to “the dull, the dirty and the dangerous” infantry tasks as those best suited to robotics.

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