Man Meets Machine in This Mans Robotic ARMY

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I remember watching this during G.I. JOE cartoons in the 1980’s…

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[photo:Crew Chief Sgt. Fred Oser, Combat Aviation Brigade, Heavy Brigade Combat Team]

…but until recent times, robots in warfare were still science fiction and fantasy.

In today’s U.S. Army arsenal you’ll find the ultimate in personal defense: unmanned troopers. We may be far from Skynet-style cyborgs or Asimov-style robots, but these automated and remote controlled soldiers are already deployed and saving lives.

XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) at the 2008 AUSA Conference

The XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) is one of the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems.

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The lightweight, man-portable Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), capable of conducting military operations in urban terrain, tunnels, sewers, and caves. The SUGV aids in the performance of manpower-intensive or high-risk functions (i.e. urban Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, chemical/Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC), Toxic Industrial Materials (TIM), reconnaissance, etc.).

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Working to minimize Soldiers’ direct exposure to hazards, the SUGV’s modular design allows multiple payloads to be integrated in a plug-and-play fashion. Weighing less than 30 pounds, it is capable of carrying up to six pounds of payload weight. Army.mil/FCS

Talon Robot Pull

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While being dragged, 225th Engineer Brigade Soldier Sgt. Kasandra Deutsch of Pineville, La., demonstrates the power of the Talon robot, April 15, during a training exercise with the 9th Iraqi Army Engineer Regiment. The Talon robot system is used to help clear improvised explosive devices.

US Army CUGR Robot Control Station

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Photo by U.S. Army Alaska July 11, 2008 army.mil

After arriving on-scene during a recent training mission in Valdez, soldiers from the 95th Chemical Company set up the CUGR (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Unmanned Ground Reconnaissance) robot control station.

EOD Tools of the Trade

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Sgt. Maj. James Lambert and Lt. Col. Michael “Greg” Hicks, both of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Munitions Training Department at the Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School, look over equipment similar to what was used to tell the story of EOD Soldiers in Iraq in the Academy Award-winning movie “The Hurt Locker.” The Talon robot and EOD bomb suit play significant roles in the movie.

Engineers Team Up with Robots to Clear IEDs

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Sgt. Bobby Boswell (center) maneuvers the Talon robot to approach Sgt. 1st Class Jason Jenschke to receive ammunition to take to a Soldier simulating being pinned down by fire. Both Soldiers are from C Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
See more: Engineers team up with robots at NTC

Robotic Route Clearing Equipment

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Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley (left), commander of 926th Engineer Brigade Multi-National Division, watches a demonstration of robotic route clearing equipment at 6th Iraqi Army Division headquarters motor pool. Talley met with Iraqi Col. Saddam Khalifa Ahmed, commander, 6th IA Div. Engineers, to discuss the way ahead for future engineering operations.

iRobot PackBot

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An iRobot PackBot picks up a demonstration object at the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment at Victory Base Complex, Baghdad, Iraq. The robots can be operated by a commercial off-the-shelf controller or a heads-up display.

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U.S. Army Jon Bridges, a native of Spring Creek, NY., teaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Wilwerding, a native of Kansas City, Mo., how to operate a Pack Robot at Forward Operating Base Base Hawk, Iraq on Sep. 18, 2008. Bridges and Wilwerding are members of Commanche Troop, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez/Released)

Dr. W.H.O’Dalek (<-just kidding:-) RP-7 Medical Robot

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Army Staff Sgt. Erik Lloyd’s face is displayed through an RP-7 robot at Brook Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as he interacts with his wife and newborn son from Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo/Cheryl Harrison) [Photos courtesy of The U.S. Army]

All fun and games aside, this is some seriously cool technology and many lives are sure to be saved  by these brilliant machines.

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