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AI integrated into unmanned ground vehicles will transform forces, study says

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August 14, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

AI integrated into unmanned ground vehicles will transform forces, study says
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LONDON. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will transform force structures and change the defense market by expanding the use of UGVs in scenarios outside their most common ones -- including ordnance disposal and demining -- but will retain their main goal: to remove soldiers from harm’s way, according to a new study from GlobalData, "Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Defense) -- Thematic Research."

Developments and improvements in AI, in conjunction with new sensor and telecommunications technologies, will enable UGVs to undertake increasingly complex scenarios in contested and disruptive environments, the research predicts. Fully autonomous UGVs will enable operation in manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T), in conjunction with manned platforms in swarms with other UGVs, and as major platforms capable of delivering fire.

Stelios Kanavakis, a defense analyst at GlobalData, said of the information in the study: “UGVs are already being tested to ensure that their systems can assume an increasingly wider range of missions, while the associated technologies are improved to better serve its purpose in combat environments -- where threats will be present in all scenarios and technologies that can disrupt telecommunications are widely available. Areas of conflict such as Mali have been serving as the proving grounds of those concepts. Once the technology has been fine-tuned for each use case, and the systems find a clear place in a force structure, the market will offer many new opportunities.”

For additional information visit the GlobalData website.

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