The Crawling Remotely-Operated Amphibious Breacher (CRAB) will be a submersible, remote-autonomous system.
The U.S. Army just awarded a contract to General Dynamics Land Systems to produce remote-controlled robotic mule vehicles.
"You are going to need to have smaller robots come out of this robot for [situational awareness] purposes."
Army scientists are working to design a near-fully autonomous robot capable of going anywhere a soldier can go.
The new targets can charge, move in unexpected directions, respond when engaged and even shout in a foreign language.
The head of Army Futures Command says combat systems capable of controlling themselves will be difficult to achieve.
The service hopes to start fielding the SMET after successful testing with the 10th Mountain and 101st Airborne divisions.
Combat units would get remote-controlled robotic vehicles designed to carry ammo, water and other heavy combat necessities.
The U.S. Army recently awarded QinetiQ North America a contract worth up to $152 million for special robots.
Army leaders have placed a high priority on using robotics and AI technologies to enhance combat units' lethality.