We say "mildly futuristic" because the robot, known as a SUGV (small unmanned ground vehicle), isn't really all that different from the iRobot PackBots and other remote-controlled gadgets already in widespread service in Iraq and other dangerous places. The grander future envisioned for FCS, some five years on already, lies in two areas: first, replacing aging weapons and equipment with 21st-century tech, and second, getting all the many software-intensive FCS pieces--robots, sensors, howitzers--and soldiers themselves linked on a ubiquitous, high-speed wireless network.
September 5, 2008 1:39 PM PDT
Photo by: Stephen Baack
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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