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US Army demonstrates K-Max and SMSS cooperation

19th August 2014 - 08:08 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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The US Army and Lockheed Martin (LM) have successfully demonstrated a new concept of operation using the K-Max unmanned helicopter and Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle.

Details emerged on 18 August regarding a test exercise with the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which conducted a ‘fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition’ demonstration using both platforms and a Gyrocam optical sensor.

The ‘Extending the Reach of the Warfighter through Robotics’ capability assessment at Fort Benning, Georgia, saw K-Max deliver the SMSS by sling load during an autonomous resupply mission for warfighters …

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