United States land forces next year will carry out several trials of the new Robotic Combat Vehicle, which is a robot combat vehicle that will change the face of modern war wars.
We’re talking about five tests so-called live-fire, that is, in which combat capabilities of specific equipment are demonstrated in realistic scenarios. This does not mean, of course, that the new weapon will go straight to the battlefield, but it will be possible to demonstrate to the soldiers new technologies, which in the future may be a basic element of their equipment and their potential applications on the battlefield.
In this particular case, it is about the Robotic Combat Vehicle, i.e. robotic fighting vehicles built on the basis of the American armored personnel carrier M113 (interestingly, more than 30 vehicles from this family are used by the Polish army), which are controlled by soldiers from the vehicle named Mission Enabler Technologies -Demonstrator (MET-D), which is a special modified version of Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) – these will be equipped with cameras and remotely controlled by tactile panels of the turret.
The first test phase will start in March next year at Fort Carson in Colorado and will include a pair of MET-D vehicles and four Robotic Combat Vehicle. Each MET-D will be controlled by the driver, gunner and four soldiers who will be responsible for two robotic fighting vehicles. Then the time will come for analyzes, summaries, changes and subsequent testing phases, this time on a much larger scale – the second is planned for May, when RCVs will come to Europe, the third for the later period of 2021, and the fourth for 2023, when many MET-D and RCV vehicles will enter the action at the same time.
The American army has been working on robotic combat vehicles for several years, but it should be noted that those used during tests will not go to the battlefield at all, because they are only a simulation of the future platform. Does it make sense then? Yes, because it is not about the capabilities of the vehicles themselves, but training the operators in such a way that later they would find themselves in a real fight, carrying out activities at a distance, without jeopardizing life. As for target vehicles, they are to be smaller and faster than previously used, and that they will not transport people, and there is no need to install advanced protection in them, which means more space for fuel and weapons.