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I/ITSEC 2016: Robots on the run (video)

21st November 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in Washington DC

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Marathon Targets will be exhibiting its unique remotely operated robot training solution at this years I/ITSEC in Orlando with an offering that bridges the gap between simulated training and live combat. 

The company’s solution allows soldiers to train in live firing against robotic targets that move autonomously. The robots are in regular use in the US military for live fire training. 

‘The robots can attack and when you shoot a few maybe they panic and run away and hide without any operator involvement,’ explained Ralph Petroff, President at Marathon Targets North America. 

‘The only time militaries do live fire training with realistic moving targets is in combat. It has shown that there is a huge capability gap because everyone does wonderfully in the simulators but there is no substitute for live fire training.’

The robots are built to endure being hit with live rounds and Petroff said that of all the robots in use, across four continents, all continue to be in service since they were first fielded.

One of the key themes at themes at I/ITSEC will be the live, virtual and constructive balance. While virtual and simulated training of course offers cost-effective training solutions, there continues to be a need for live training. 

Meeting this balance continues to be a challenge for militaries worldwide.

For more from I/ITSEC 2016, see our dedicated news page.

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