The U.S. Marines recently reached a milestone in testing QinetiQ North America’s Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System® (MAARS) armed robot. It can now operate on voice commands, obeying about 40 cues including turning, stopping and aiming its turret in a specific direction. Shooting a target will still be controlled by the operator, although the robot will compensate for wind speed and range.
“It’s a huge leap forward,” said Gunnery Sgt. Steven C. Sullivan, project officer at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. “You no longer have a guy looking at a controller and taking his eyes off the surrounding areas.”
MAARS will take to the field next month in a shooting demonstration to show off its aiming and optics systems at Fort Bragg, N.C.
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