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“Able to work in the absence of GPS”: robotic convoys are being created for the US Army

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The American army, trying to use advances in robotics to form convoys, eventually made great strides in this direction.


At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, explosives planted by insurgents maimed and killed both military personnel and civilians, targeting convoys carrying troops and supplies.

- indicated in the National Defense publication.

To combat this threat, the Pentagon has invested billions of dollars in improving vehicle mine protection. In parallel, the development of leader-follower technology was underway, designed to create automated columns and reduce the number of soldiers involved in transportation.

In 2021, the army tested the novelty. There are currently 40 M1075 PLS trucks (PLS stands for “pallet loading system”), which are controlled by specially created LF 1.3 software that links vehicles into a single network. The development is planned to be used not only for transportation, but also for other purposes, for example, for rocket fire from mobile platforms.



At this stage, automated trucks "taught" how to create a column (of 7-8 cars), park in a line, and maneuver with a trailer in reverse. Further improvement of the technology, the development of which has been carried out since 1999, is being carried out.

Later, a decision will be made to increase the capabilities and mass production of an optionally manned system.

- stated in the Pentagon.

Leader-follower technology has matured significantly over the years and is at a stage where it can begin to be deployed [to the military]

- consider in Robotic Research company.

At the same time, as the developer points out, there are still some problems and opportunities for improving the system, for example, its adaptation for off-road driving. According to the company, the change of opponents of Washington does not detract from the importance of the new technology for the US Army:

The Pentagon has shifted its focus from counterinsurgency operations to great power competition, viewing Russia and China as adversaries. However, there is still a need for leader-follower technology. Thanks to it, combat vehicles and other equipment are able to work autonomously in the absence of GPS.

- explained in Robotic Research.

M1075 Robotic Car Crash PLS:

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  1. Andrey Moskvin
    Andrey Moskvin 22 January 2022 17: 39
    +11
    So many years they fought with terrorists, now it turned out, with the rebels.
    1. mitroha
      mitroha 22 January 2022 17: 53
      +1
      consider at Robotic Research.

      explained in Robotic Research.

      Clear, clear ... Advertising is the engine of trade ..
      Don't praise yourself...
      its adaptation for off-road driving

      Without it, only pizza delivery
      1. DymOk_v_dYmke
        DymOk_v_dYmke 22 January 2022 18: 16
        0
        Quote: Mitroha
        Without it, only pizza delivery

        With the motto: "Through thorns to pizzas!" laughing
      2. Shurik70
        Shurik70 22 January 2022 18: 19
        +2
        To mine such a car and send it to the target is just a dream for a terrorist.
        We don't need a kamikaze suicide bomber. And jamming communications, like protection against kamikaze drones, will not help.
        1. DymOk_v_dYmke
          DymOk_v_dYmke 22 January 2022 18: 49
          0
          Quote: Shurik70
          To mine such a car and send it to the target is just a dream for a terrorist.

          In the 80s in the USSR there was a programmable toy "Electronics" with sufficient functions for this. hi
          1. Shurik70
            Shurik70 22 January 2022 18: 54
            +3
            Quote: DymOk_v_dYmke
            In the 80s in the USSR there was a programmable toy "Electronics" with sufficient functions for this

            For 300 km to send on the roads, and so that traffic rules are observed to the target - this is still more difficult than "Electronics".
            Here is a flying drone for the same 300 km "Electronics" will cope. But he is cut off by radars from afar and easily gets lost
            1. DymOk_v_dYmke
              DymOk_v_dYmke 22 January 2022 19: 01
              +1
              Quote: Shurik70
              For 300 km to send on the roads, and so that traffic rules are observed to the target - this is still more difficult than "Electronics".

              For terrorists (or partisans), the distances are rather not 300 km, but to the nearest copse.
              1. Shurik70
                Shurik70 23 January 2022 09: 40
                +2
                Quote: DymOk_v_dYmke
                For terrorists (or partisans), the distances are rather not 300 km, but to the nearest copse.

                If they are trying to remain anonymous, then only the gunner will be near the place of the operation, he is also an observer, fixing the damage done. Namely, there are more and more such "anonymous"
            2. Reserve officer
              Reserve officer 22 January 2022 23: 36
              -1
              One electromagnetic pulse, system failure. Violation of traffic rules. But then there are problems - and with whom from the traffic police to communicate in the style: "commander, well, can we agree on how much from me?" Not? Then to the impound.
    2. NDR-791
      NDR-791 22 January 2022 18: 16
      +1
      Quote: Andrey Moskvin
      now it turned out, with the rebels.

      These are "not theirs" - spies, but "theirs" - scouts.
      1. AUL
        AUL 22 January 2022 18: 28
        0
        There are currently 40 M1075 PLS trucks (PLS stands for Pallet Loading System),
        The pallet loading system is a double-edged sword. Greatly speeds up loading and unloading (if there is a self-loading mechanic), but greatly reduces the payload ratio!
        1. NDR-791
          NDR-791 22 January 2022 18: 31
          +1
          Quote: AUL
          The pallet loading system is a double-edged sword.

          Even a large elephant should be eaten in small pieces. I understand that they have as much money as they need, but first you need to get there, and only then load and unload. And still no way to get there
  2. yuriy55
    yuriy55 22 January 2022 17: 47
    -1
    Yes, in the USSR back in 1981 it was:

    laughing
  3. Zoldat_A
    Zoldat_A 22 January 2022 17: 59
    +2
    However, there is still a need for leader-follower technology. Thanks to it, combat vehicles and other equipment are able to work autonomously in the absence of GPS.

    There was so much squealing that finally the equipment does not drive by itself, not where the drunk driver wants, but where the GPS will indicate. Made it finally...

    Now a new technological breakthrough is a technique that can drive without GPS. Hooray...
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 22 January 2022 18: 21
      0
      Quote: Zoldat_A
      Now a new technological breakthrough is a technique that can drive without GPS.

      Bullshit!!! My UAZ can drive without GLONASS. It has cable cruise control - pulled it out, and go to bed. Where the fuck is he going to get out of the rut. wassat
      Well, these are all bearded jokes, but with KAMAZ it’s not even head to head. KAMAZ is already far around the corner, and not alone. Just brag is not the topic. And so it is in the network. Caravans are already moving, quite industrial ones.
      1. Zoldat_A
        Zoldat_A 22 January 2022 22: 57
        -1
        Quote: NDR-791
        Caravans are already moving, quite industrial ones.

        I saw on one of the educational channels a cycle of programs "Mega Machines" (or something like that name). They showed bourgeois super-duper tractors pulling a road train for almost a kilometer. Who interferes? Is it necessary to break the brain with drones and some kind of "leader-follower"?
        How does Toyota differ from the classic VAZ in that there is practically nowhere to climb with a screwdriver and nothing to temporarily fasten with a wire, so have they already forgotten what a “rigid hitch” is? In Australia, for example, they still remember. And somehow they manage without new technologies, a "rigid hitch".
        Six boxes. The article, using "advanced technology", talks about 7-8. And not "boxes on wheels", but about quite full-fledged unmanned trucks stuffed with electronics ... "British scientists", what can I say ... They are not used to counting money for "research".
    2. nobody75
      nobody75 22 January 2022 19: 36
      +3
      Geopositioning will most likely be through Starlink.
      Sincerely
  4. singless
    singless 22 January 2022 18: 11
    0
    a robot is needed in order to replace a person, and if there are only kidors around the amers, they are not needed
  5. Kesha1980
    Kesha1980 22 January 2022 18: 17
    0
    .At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, explosives planted by insurgents maimed and killed both military personnel and civilians


    "Therefore, we left there, having arranged the maximum possible problems for this Afghanistan and its geographical neighbors)" . NATO Army! Haven't everything been destroyed yet? Then we go to you! And yes, we sell "the same explosives"! Everything for Democracy and everything for Democracy (the main thing is away from the USA)!
  6. BedMax
    BedMax 22 January 2022 18: 23
    0
    Yes, throw it into the GTA, there are a lot of mechanical drivers disappearing. They will remotely carry out whatever you want).
    The tractor is excellent, not like KTL.
    1. Sergey Aleksandrovich
      Sergey Aleksandrovich 22 January 2022 18: 45
      -1
      Indeed, in the presence of a stable channel, communications are easier and more reliable to manage remotely than to rely entirely on artificial intelligence.
      1. alexey sidykin
        alexey sidykin 22 January 2022 19: 11
        +2
        Quote: Sergey Alexandrovich
        Indeed, in the presence of a stable channel, communications are easier and more reliable to manage remotely than to rely entirely on artificial intelligence.

        With modern means, these same communication channels are cut down at a time ...
        1. nobody75
          nobody75 22 January 2022 19: 35
          0
          Not always. Laser communication systems cannot be disabled ...
          Sincerely
          1. alexey sidykin
            alexey sidykin 22 January 2022 19: 48
            +1
            Quote: nobody75
            Not always. Laser communication systems cannot be disabled ...
            Sincerely

            And are they reliable? Of course, I myself don’t know, but I haven’t heard anything about the massive use of such systems.
            1. nobody75
              nobody75 22 January 2022 20: 21
              0
              What do you mean by reliability? Ragged ping or packet sniffing?
              Sincerely
              1. alexey sidykin
                alexey sidykin 23 January 2022 12: 10
                +1
                By reliability, I mean "but will these funds fail at the most inopportune moment simply because of a banal failure"
                1. nobody75
                  nobody75 23 January 2022 12: 41
                  0
                  The Internet at your place does not disappear due to a banal failure ...
                  Sincerely
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      2. Secutor
        Secutor 22 January 2022 21: 32
        +2
        What for? Just the autopilot as in Tesla looks more promising. The car drives itself, recognizes the road itself, no GPS, no channels. She further steers herself according to internal maps.
        1. nobody75
          nobody75 23 January 2022 12: 42
          0
          For electronic maps, geopositioning is still necessary ...
          Sincerely
  7. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 22 January 2022 18: 41
    +1
    Stunned, they remembered the cards. While the Americans are making cards in the memory of robots, we are changing the landscape.
  8. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 22 January 2022 19: 08
    +1
    What's the point..? I knocked out the leader and the whole column stood up, I don’t want to be sloppy ...
    1. Crimean partisan 1974
      Crimean partisan 1974 22 January 2022 19: 28
      0
      What's the point..? He knocked out the leader and the whole column stood up,
      .... and the closing one and water with a plumbum
      1. alexey sidykin
        alexey sidykin 22 January 2022 19: 45
        +2
        Quote: Crimean partisan 1974
        What's the point..? He knocked out the leader and the whole column stood up,
        .... and the closing one and water with a plumbum

        And why is the last one ... they are like chickens behind the clunes where the leader is there and all the leader got up and the column got up ...
        1. Crimean partisan 1974
          Crimean partisan 1974 22 January 2022 19: 51
          +4
          And why the closing one ..
          ..how why ... so that for sure ... suddenly some kind of such thing wanders into the electronic brain ... and that's it ... a castle ... what does the middle need not be shot, but marred as trophies
          1. alexey sidykin
            alexey sidykin 22 January 2022 20: 02
            +3
            Quote: Crimean partisan 1974
            And why the closing one ..
            ..how why ... so that for sure ... suddenly some kind of such thing wanders into the electronic brain ... and that's it ... a castle ... what does the middle need not be shot, but marred as trophies

            Well, just in case... laughing laughing
            1. Crimean partisan 1974
              Crimean partisan 1974 22 January 2022 20: 07
              0
              Well, just in case.
              .... well, yes ... most of the equipment that was squeezed out from the APU of the DPR was squeezed out in this way
  9. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 22 January 2022 19: 09
    -3
    Not even thirty years have passed since the Americans repeated the German Convoy system. Back in the 90s, I saw commercials in Germany. from me, in fact, he just starts reading the newspaper. It’s only with us in the back seat to the girl, we call this system Kolya. And how much dough did the Americans drink?
    1. alexey sidykin
      alexey sidykin 22 January 2022 20: 01
      +3
      Quote: tralflot1832
      Not even thirty years have passed since the Americans repeated the German Convoy system. Back in the 90s, I saw commercials in Germany. from me, in fact, he just starts reading the newspaper. It’s only with us in the back seat to the girl, we call this system Kolya. And how much dough did the Americans drink?

      Why did they drink? After all, it is written, they are being created. It appears that the cut is going on concrete and with might and main ... Well, then they will say it didn’t work out ...
      1. Secutor
        Secutor 22 January 2022 21: 34
        0
        And then they say it didn't work...

        That's how development is going on. Remember how many different things the USSR did that "Didn't work out." No really new solutions can be found without trial and error.
        1. alexey sidykin
          alexey sidykin 23 January 2022 12: 33
          +1
          Quote: Secutor
          And then they say it didn't work...

          That's how development is going on. Remember how many different things the USSR did that "Didn't work out." No really new solutions can be found without trial and error.

          And therefore it didn’t work out that by 2/3 this was a cut of the budget, what we have under the USSR, what the Americans have now, and now we have it too. There is no planned result from the very beginning.
  10. Felix
    Felix 22 January 2022 19: 19
    +3
    Russian Railways has been testing the technology of a virtual train for several years, when 2 trains move one after the other, under the control of one brigade. The driven train repeats the actions of the leader in binding at the location, that is, the leader can already finish the climb and go to a flat area, while the follower, going up the hill, increases traction, where it is necessary to pour sand - that is, performs all the necessary actions, with this maintains the distance to the leader's tail at a safe level. The follower also knows how to arrive at the station, leave the station, and the like. Positioning - by GLONASS
  11. Victor Dubovitsky
    Victor Dubovitsky 22 January 2022 19: 27
    0
    And how to be on a road not equipped with beacons? Or will these columns be marched only in their own rear?
  12. Free wind
    Free wind 22 January 2022 20: 37
    +2
    Since the 90s, competitions have been held in America between universities to create a completely unmanned aerial vehicle, without any zips and radio control. drive from point a to point b, 200 kilometers. The prize for the winner is 100 thousand dollars. All developments were done by the students at their own expense.
  13. syndicalist
    syndicalist 23 January 2022 09: 09
    +2
    And what for a robotic cabin? Yes, and with glasses?
    1. alexey sidykin
      alexey sidykin 23 January 2022 12: 58
      +1
      Quote: syndicalist
      And what for a robotic cabin? Yes, and with glasses?

      So there, from the robotic, only equipment, and they took the usual car.
      1. syndicalist
        syndicalist 23 January 2022 14: 26
        0
        This approach is flawed in principle. Unmanned aerial vehicles have opportunities of a completely different quality when you do not need to take care of the safety and comfort of the driver. It is possible to design a structure that can continue to move with a full rollover, multiple damage and completely covered with dirt.
  14. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 23 January 2022 12: 56
    +1
    Quote: Alexey Sedykin
    Quote: nobody75
    The Internet at your place does not disappear due to a banal failure ...
    Sincerely

    So I don’t have laser systems ... And yes, with the Internet every now and then there are problems because mobile communication is a pancake ... and the alternative is a fiber optic cable ... again, at least a laser, but not that.
  15. iouris
    iouris 23 January 2022 16: 42
    0
    Will GLONASS remain?