High-Tech Marine Corps Rifle Company Might Change Everything

first published on September 1, 2016 by

Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, is the company that hand selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps in order to test a new suite of equipment.

With the ever evolving nature of warfare, it is mandatory that conventional forces adapt and overcome to stay ahead. For the United States Marine Corps, this means finding a way to delegate more and more tasks down in order to allow for more flexibility at higher echelons of command. One of the easiest ways to do this is to overhaul the structure and equipment of the conventional force as it exists today to make them a more flexible and capable force.

Making the individual unit more sustainable on it’s own is one of the many objectives of the Marine Corps latest study. Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines was hand selected by their Commandant to conduct this 18 month long operation. While conducting this series of tests, the rifle company has been provided with a new suite of vehicles, and electronics that will, in theory, allow them to operate on a wider scope with less men, and outside support.

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A Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares the newly developed “Black Hornet” unmanned aerial system for flight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 5, 2016.

This suite includes a series of drones, all-terrain vehicles, and battery packs that are driven by kinetic energy. With this suite, the rifle company will be able to cover down on larger areas of operations for much longer periods of time. The vehicles will increase the companies ability to cover large distances, while the drones, and kinetic battery packs, will allow the Marines to both gather intelligence and situational awareness, while removing the need for sustained logistical operations.

You can read more information about Kilo company in this article from the Marine Corps Times.