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I/ITSEC 2021: Marathon touts flexible ranges to improve readiness

30th November 2021 - 10:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Orlando

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The US HASC is pushing the US Army to consider increased use of the ART. (Photo: Marathon)

Marathon is looking to push its AI-driven targets as a solution to reduce costs, improve training realism and change the mentality around range training.

‘The idea of older, fixed ranges are a thing of the past that limit the training that can be given to our warfighters,’ Ralph Petroff, President North America at Marathon Robotics, told Shephard on 29 November during the first day of I/ITSEC 2021 in Orlando.

‘Such ranges feature an infrastructure that comprises berms and butts with fixed or pop-up targets that once built, become literally, set in stone,’ said Petroff. ‘Our approach is to use robotic targets that use different tactics every time they are deployed and so the marines and soldiers that undergo training are presented with different challenges that

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