Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle


BoraTas

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Depleting anti tank missiles stock pile with drones could be a thing, but to bring these tanks in number on the battlefronts take time and crucial place of manned ones. But having some of these in front of manned tanks against antitank mine or ambush could be good.
These are probably early trials for future unmanned tanks. These vehicles are obsolete by all measures and as you said, they are very intensive on logistics.
 

Hendrik_2000

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I guess this UMGV robot is entering service with PLA from GT
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Published: Mar 31, 2021 08:03 PM

A soldier affiliated with an engineer and NBC defense brigade under the Chinese People's Liberation Army 71st Group Army operates a new type of bomb disposal robot in training in Spring 2021. Photo: Screenshot from China Central Television

A soldier affiliated with an engineer and NBC defense brigade under the Chinese People's Liberation Army 71st Group Army operates a new type of bomb disposal robot in training in Spring 2021. Photo: Screenshot from China Central Television

A new robot type has entered service, as it demonstrated its capacity in a recent bomb disposal exercise by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The commissioning of such a device is an example of the PLA's modernization as machines have replaced humans in dangerous missions and increased combat efficiency, analysts said on Wednesday.

An engineer and nuclear, biological and chemical defense brigade under the PLA 71st Group Army recently held a human-robot integration tactical training in East China's Anhui Province, in which the new bomb disposal robot made its debut, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday.

Remotely controlled by an operator, the robot crossed a contaminated zone, climbed over steep slopes of nearly 40 degrees and used water cannons to dispose of explosives, CCTV reported.

The flexible robot is equipped with six cameras that can monitor the battlefield environment in all directions, can turn 360 degrees on the spot and overcome obstacles in complicated environments like mountains and snow fields, the report said, noting that it is up for missions like detecting, locating, transferring and defusing explosives.

In another training scenario at a residential building, the caterpillar-tracked robot showed its capability to walk stairs and dismantle the explosives with its robotic arm rather than setting it off with water cannons, the footage shows.

The utilization of the new equipment effectively explored the potential of human-robot integration in combat, CCTV said.

The Chinese people's armed forces are pushing for mechanization, informatization and intelligentization as a part of a modernization plan by 2027, the 100th anniversary of the forces' founding, and unmanned equipment like robots and drones are an important part of it, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times on Wednesday, requesting anonymity.

Explosive ordnance disposal is a high-risk mission, and explosives are threats to both military and civilian personnel whether or not they are trained, the expert said, noting that the deployment of bomb disposal robots can greatly reduce potential casualties.

Other types of robots for purposes like reconnaissance, ammunition carrying, assault, fire support and minesweeping are also entering service with the PLA, and have proved their efficiency in exercises, the expert said.
 

PeoplesPoster

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Most of these seem to be glorified RC vehicles. It’ll depend on how well they can integrate battlefield awareness and other functionality to determine if they have a role.
 

Hendrik_2000

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Most of these seem to be glorified RC vehicles. It’ll depend on how well they can integrate battlefield awareness and other functionality to determine if they have a role.
It may started as glorified RC but the advance of AI, Semiconductor and long life battery, cheap LIDAR, Opto electronic, compact fire power make it more than RC. the problem I see is battery How are they going to charge it in heat of battle
 

voyager1

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It may started as glorified RC but the advance of AI, Semiconductor and long life battery, cheap LIDAR, Opto electronic, compact fire power make it more than RC. the problem I see is battery How are they going to charge it in heat of battle
Maybe they can have easily replaceable ready battery packs?

For example, along with each of these vehicles there can be 4-5 additional fully charged battery packs ready to be swapped if power is low.
 
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Kejora

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Maybe they can have easily replaceable ready battery packs?

For example, along with each of these vehicles there can be 4-5 additional fully charged battery packs ready to be swapped if power is low.
This, I wonder why this is not more prevalent in electric vehicle industry. Could be useful in areas where charging stations are sparse.
 

MwRYum

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Depleting anti tank missiles stock pile with drones could be a thing, but to bring these tanks in number on the battlefronts take time and crucial place of manned ones. But having some of these in front of manned tanks against antitank mine or ambush could be good.
In theory yes, but how long it'd take for the ROE to set in so not to waste valuable ATGMs onto drone tanks converted from obsolete tank chassis?

Or that such tech is designed for other purpose?
 

Atomicfrog

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In theory yes, but how long it'd take for the ROE to set in so not to waste valuable ATGMs onto drone tanks converted from obsolete tank chassis?

Or that such tech is designed for other purpose?
Well, you need to try to find a use...sure that target will be discarded fast if they find out that they are dummies. But for mine clearance or serving has target it could be quite good tho.
 

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