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The Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released last week, marks out several milestones which will see the US armed forces increasingly reliant on unmanned aircraft as well as water and ground-based robots in the coming decades.
The satellite signals behind the Global Positioning System (GPS) which unmanned aircraft currently depend on for navigation are often weak and easily jammed. The
Even though drone-based missions have proven significantly cheaper in a monetary sense compared to more traditional manpower intensive missions, the
The “roadmap” also references “nano” drones, insect-sized robots designed for land and air, as well as robotic wingmen" to provide unmanned help to ground-based troops.
While drones in the air are more widely used and familiar, the document says ground-based robots too have proven their worth in
The roadmap" also includes a plan to develop water-based drones for mine-hunting and maritime security.
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