This monstrous new 80-ton robotic battlefield bulldozer will keep US troops out of the 'most dangerous place on the planet'
Ryan PickrellMay 16, 2019, 02:08 IST
U.S. Marines from 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conduct the first amphibious landing in an Assault Breacher Vehicle with a Modified Full Width Mine Plow prototype during Exercise Steel Knight on the West Coast.US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Rhita Daniel
Breaching a heavily-defended enemy position is a complex and risky operation, one that requires suppressing fire, battlefield obscurants, electronic warfare capabilities, and a physical breach unit built to break through.
These operations are exceptionally dangerous as the enemy will throw everything it can at those attempting to shatter their defenses.
The US Army and Marines recently experimented with a new 80-ton robotic assault breacher vehicle made to rip up minefields and clear obstacles without putting their lives at risk.
Soldiers and Marines have risked life and limb in dangerous breach operations on the battlefield, but new technology will help keep them out of harms way.
"We never, ever want to send another soldier into a breach, so how do we do this completely autonomously?" Gen. Mike Murray, head of Army Futures Command, asked at Yakima Training Center in Washington state recently, Defense News reported.
The answer to the general's question: A monstrous robotic Assault Breacher Vehicle, an 80-ton battlefield bulldozer built to rip up minefields and remove obstacles.