I/ITSEC 2017: Robotic infantry target debuts (video)
Pratt & Miller Defense has debuted the newest addition to its Trackless Moving Targets (TMT) family at this year's I/ITSEC with a solution that replicates infantry forces freely moving on the battlefield.
The TMT-Infantry variant is currently being funded by the US Army's PEO STRI office through a Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF). The TMT-I is being developed as an improvement over existing rail-based systems used by armed forces around the world for markmanship training, which are often seen as unrealistic.
The technology uses a highly-mobile 4x4 platform that can move across rough terrain and intelligently react to shots being fired. TMT-I leverages much of the technology developed for a vehicular version of the target, known as the TMT-V.
The TMT-V is currently in Phase 3 of a small business innovative research (SBIR) project, also funded through PEO STRI, which is looking at commercialising the technology for more widespread adoption. The company sees the potential for armed forces to use both TMT-I and TMT-V collaboratively, replicating complex battlefield scenarios.
Shephard spoke to Tom Waligora, chief engineer at Pratt & Miller Defense about the new infantry target technology and its potential to improve training for the frontline soldier.