By Courtney Woody, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs / FORT BENNING, Ga –
Fort Benning’s Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex hosted a maneuver live fire demonstration of robotics and autonomous systems, as part of the Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy Summit. Senior Army leaders gathered with engineers and scientists to discuss how developments like these align capabilities and technologies with the maneuver strategies of the future. Donald Sando, Director of Capabilities Development and Integration, Maneuver Center of Excellence said, “At the Maneuver Center, as we look to improve maneuver force capabilities for the future, it’s very important we collaborate with the army labs, research development and engineering command, and also our defense industry partners.”
Autonomous weapons platforms give the Army overmatch capabilities using innovation and technology. These technologies play an integral role, are designed to increase mobility, lethality, and protection of the maneuver force.
“By using automation, I can provide a capability much closer to the tactical edge.” said, Dr. Robert Sadowski, Robotics Senior Research Scientist, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
The result is reduced risk to Soldiers and units, increased opportunities for efficiencies, and a differential advantage over U.S. adversaries. Fort Benning is the center of gravity in the Army for producing trained combat Soldiers and is the primary driver for development of the future force.