How to destroy a Russian T-72 tank? The United States tested robots for this purpose
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Today we will introduce you to some tests conducted in the Yuma Desert in the United States, which may prove to be a turning point in the development of anti-tank weapons. In this case – a weapon that can successfully destroy a Russian T-72 tank without human involvement.
Some time ago we presented you the tests of the new American program for the use of robotic armored vehicles, and later it turned out that they have fulfilled 100% of the set tasks, which is a prerequisite for their implementation in the near future. Some of these tests were aimed at destroying Russian armored vehicles.
For the past eight months, Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working on a project that combines autonomous service between ground-based combat units and space-based units. The system has already been set up and represents the following: because the “enemies” of the United States also have laser weapons that can easily irradiate or “drown” the cameras of the US vehicles, university experts have launched a device with several high-resolution cameras, who receive, process and return information from the battlefield. We are talking about a large range of cameras that map the battlefield and easily detect enemy units.
The device, which is in low orbit in space, transmits this information to robotic war machines on the ground. An important fact is that the robotic tested machines have artificial intelligence, which allows them in the specific situation to work autonomously, ie. the information received from space about the enemy units positions and types is processed simultaneously by several robotic machines that are interconnected.
Project participants also say that the low-orbit unit, which is actually an important organizational and tactical factor during battle, also receives feedback from armored vehicles on the ground. This is done so that if the cameras stop working or are “blinded” by enemy lasers, the combat vehicles will not remain “blind” and will be controlled from the air.
All this allows specific robotic weapons to occupy a certain position, or to disguise and with built-in algorithms for automatic recognition to identify the target and destroy it. An important condition – artificial intelligence in this case is not built on the basis of independent decision-making, but is controlled by an operator who has a single goal – once the connected systems do all the work, the operator only needs to confirm the destruction of the enemy target.
Richard Ross Coffman, who is in charge of the program, says that artificial intelligence training is underway at this stage, and the military is having difficulty with that training because it is quite difficult to train artificial intelligence to distinguish or recognize a military from a civilian object, or your military equipment from enemy equipment. So far, what they have achieved in the project is to teach artificial intelligence to distinguish between the Russian T-72 tank, the American Abrams M1 tank and the Toyota pickup. Richard Ross Coffman says they achieved this success after showing artificial intelligence more than 3.5 million images.
US announced the beginning of development a robotic unmanned artillery
The American army is unconditionally considered the strongest and most advanced in the world. In terms of the introduction of all new technologies, futuristic projects and robotics in particular, it is the US Army that is considered the pioneer.
So, judging by the statement of the Pentagon press service, the United States is preparing to introduce robotic artillery.
For the first time, futuristic technologies of unmanned combat began to be used in the development of artillery troops, reports comandir.com. Previously, a pilot-operator of the system was always required to operate artillery in combat.
The first thing that will improve the robotic unmanned artillery of the future is the mobility of combat, informs comandir.com. Artillery barrage is considered the most vulnerable and immobile type of troops in combat. The deployment of anti-aircraft systems, the operator’s headquarters and other elements created a stable position for the army, which is very long and costly to move.
Robotic complexes, as planned by the Pentagon, will move around like typical military drones. After testing the system, it is assumed that such artillery will gradually switch to an automatic mode not only for movement across the battlefield, but also for automatic shelling of the enemy, reports comandir.com.
Mike Murray, General of the US Army and Head of Advanced Development, personally announced that a prototype of the first robotic installation will be tested in exercises as early as October 2020.
Most of the work on the new system, which is actively being prepared for future implementation in all regiments of the US Army, was carried out by IT specialists, informs comandir.com. According to Murray, this is a requirement of the new era, in which war is becoming an increasingly technological action.
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