Marines Test Robotic Mule During Training Exercise

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The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) walks around the Kahuku Training Area July 10, 2014 during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise. (credit: Sgt. Sarah Dietz/U.S. Marine Corps)

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) walks around the Kahuku Training Area July 10, 2014 during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise. (credit: Sgt. Sarah Dietz/U.S. Marine Corps)

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KAHUKU, Hawaii (CBSDC) – The U.S. Marines have a new way to train. They are running advanced war fighting experiments with remotely operated equipment.

“We’ll find the capabilities and limitations,” technology officer Lt. Col. Don Gordon told KHNL.

One of these robotic devices is called the “cow” by the Marines.  It is a four-legged LS3. It even carries gear so each Marine will have a lighter load.

“That should be interesting to see how well our squads are able to use that LS3 to off-load their existing equipment and to use that vehicle re-supply themselves,” Gordon said.

Another device the Marines are trying out is the Ultra Heavy Amphibious Connector.  The UHAC can travel through water and traverses terrain other amphibious vehicles can’t cross.

“The UHAC is one of those experimental technologies that we’re looking at as a possible concept capability, to look at how we could take our forces in the future and be able to insert them in areas that we wouldn’t be able to insert them today,” Gordon added.

The last device that is being used is the Ground Unmanned Support System. The GUSS is also operated remotely.

“The way that it works autonomously will allow the supporting security force that escorts that vehicle to maintain cover as they walk through a woods, while the vehicle stays on a trail, so keeping the Marines preferably out of harm’s way,” Gordon told the station.

The Marines will give feedback on how the equipment handled the training exercise being they might be on the front lines one day.

The Marine Corps War Fighting Lab is overseeing all maneuvers.

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