Very interesting.A concept study on 'unmanned' platoons using UCAVs and UCGVs. The advantages of unmanned platoons are greater independent operations capabilities, greater sustained combat power, greater command and control, greater recon and intel gathering, greater firepower, and less psychological impact on soldiers. Basically, putting less men in danger or under stress makes everything better.
A conceptual composition of an unmanned platoon. All assets in the image are unmanned. From left to right: one command vehicle, one repair/recovery vehicle, two fighting vehicles; Eight UAVs that combine both recon and attack functions; Two fire support vehicles. All vehicles and UAVs can communicate with each other.
The combined operations: human operators stay in the rear, UAVs perform cooperative recon as well as cooperative attack, and ground unmanned vehicles bring more concentrated firepower to targets that require it, with targeting information being fed real-time by UAVs.
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