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Robot Testing at Ft. Benning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) -- On a gravel road at Fort Benning's McKenna Urban Operations Complex, a Kaplan robot from Turkey recently scanned the complex and located an explosive device that was examined by a Talon robot built in the United States.

The exercise was aimed at assessing the interoperability of U.S. robots and North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations to design future unmanned ground vehicle systems and controllers.

More than two dozen soldiers and engineers from Turkey, German and the United States watched as controllers from the different countries operated the equipment.

After using unmanned robots over the last 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is looking at the ability to have flexibility in operating NATO equipment on the battlefield as the next step to expand the use of robots.


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