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Defense & Security

Army testing robots, drones for insurgent fight

New York Times
11 August 2009

Army officials say smaller technologies could make a difference soon for the soldiers who take on some of the most dangerous missions hunting out insurgents.

Robots now being tested could search caves and cars at hazardous checkpoints. And sensors could guard outposts and monitor areas cleared of insurgents, freeing more soldiers to fight.

Drones resembling flying lawnmower engines about the size of a beer keg land on four curved wire feet. With the cameras on the drones acting like spotters, the ground-launched six-foot missiles, called "rockets in a box," will eventually enable soldiers to destroy hostile forces more than 20 miles away without having to call in help from artillery units or other aircraft, Army officials say.

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