Army to test robotic squad support system in Afghanistan

The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force will send four Squad Mission Support Systems (SMSS) to the 10th Mountain Division in southern Afghanistan in November, reports Defense News.

The military service will use the three-month period to evaluate the concept of autonomous robotic vehicles supporting soldiers and to adjust future requirements.

Lockheed Martin’s SMSS, which can carry up to 1,200 pounds, can be operated either by remote control or voice commands. When given the command “follow me,” it uses laser radar to map the individual’s likeness and “lock” onto that person and follow their commands.

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