Army Tests Manned-unmanned Teaming Capabilities in Pacific Initiative

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September 9, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: September 9 on

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii — As the U.S. Army shrinks in size, military planners continue to assess strategic options to rapidly build and project effective combat power where needed.

The Army anticipates that unmanned capabilities will augment combat formations and, in complex and contested conditions, enable decisive action in unified land operations.

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center participated in the Pacific Manned-Unmanned Initiative to assess the enhanced warfighting potential in terms of reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition capabilities.

PACMAN-I was the third MUM-T event where a company-level infantry element was assessed in force-on-force conditions and jungle terrain using innovative technologies.

“TARDEC is the Army”s front line in bringing capabilities in the form of MUM-T to the force,” said Dr. Paul Rogers, TARDEC director.

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