first published on April 5, 2019 by Josh
Autonomous moving pop-up targets may be the next big wave in military live-fire training programs. The innovative new technology allows Marines and Soldiers to set up dynamic ranges with targets that move autonomously at speeds upwards of eleven miles per hour. Having an eleven hour long battery life, these targets could revolutionize the way we train, and add in an entirely new aspect to combat marksmanship. Currently, the targets are said to be able to withstand sustained heavy machine gun fire, as well as sniper fire. The individual cost per unit was not readily available at the time of this writing.
Recently, the Marines from the scout sniper platoon of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines were on the range testing these autonomous targets for the very first time. At the conclusion of the training regimen, the Marines were able to boast a 104% improvement to their overall combat accuracy against moving targets. These targets, if improved upon and adapted across the entire United States Military, could potentially increase the lethality of all ground combat forces.
The following video comes to us courtesy of the United States Marine Corps.