The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Squad X Experimentation program demonstrated the ability to extend and enhance the situational awareness of small, dismounted units.
The US Marine squads improved their ability to synchronize maneuvers, employing autonomous air and ground vehicles to detect threats from multiple domains – physical, electromagnetic, and cyber – providing critical intelligence as the squad moved through scenarios, DARPA said in a statement late November this year.
Squad X provides Army and Marine dismounted units with autonomous systems equipped with off-the-shelf technologies and sensing tools developed via DARPA’s Squad X Core Technologies program. The technologies aim to increase squads’ situational awareness and lethality, allowing enemy engagement with greater tempo and from longer ranges.
The squad members involved in the test runs praised the streamlined tools, which allowed them to take advantage of capabilities that previously had been too heavy or cumbersome for individual Soldiers and Marines to use in demanding field conditions.
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