Posted August 18, 2018 05:30:16The Pentagon is considering a new requirement that would require the Navy and Marine Corps to train and equip robotically equipped unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to conduct reconnaissance, detect enemy forces, carry out special operations, and fight crime.
According to an internal report obtained by The Associated Press, the Navy is working on a proposal that would authorize the Army to deploy robots to conduct operations that could be carried out by remotely piloted aircraft.
The proposal, which is being reviewed by the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, would require that the Navy, Army, and Marine divisions be able to carry out missions by remotely operated aircraft.
The new requirement would also require that all unmanned aircraft must have a minimum level of survivability, and that a minimum of two robots be available for operations.
A robot that is incapable of performing its mission is considered to be out of service.
Under the plan, the Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force would each be required to train four robotic platforms, which could include unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms.
Each of the four platforms would be armed with a gun that could fire a guided missile.
The Army and Air National Guard would each also be required by the plan to train five unmanned aerial systems, which would include UAV platforms, unmanned aircraft, and remote-controlled vehicle platforms.
The proposal would also instruct the Air Force to conduct unmanned aerial reconnaissance.
The proposed program would also allow the Army and Marine corps to deploy robotic platforms that could perform special operations in the field.
According the proposal, the Army, Marine Corps and Air Forces would each have a robotic platform capable of conducting reconnaissance missions in support of special operations.
Each military service would also have a fully autonomous drone platform capable to perform special reconnaissance missions, and would have a total of 20 unmanned aerial platforms capable of performing reconnaissance missions.
The report also notes that the Army has not conducted any missions that are not remotely piloting in support the special operations mission.
It is unclear whether the Navy would be required under the plan.