IDEX 2017

Take on robotic humans [IDEX17D2]

19 February 2017

The world’s first and only autonomous robotic human type target system can turn soldiers into ‘pre-combat veterans’, says Australia-based company Marathon Targets (Stand 07-C01).

Used in dry and live-fire combat training, the robotic targets look, move and behave like real people.

This significantly improves the war fighter’s marksmanship skills to hit a fleeting and agile adversary in real-world operating environments.

Already in service with numerous militaries, including the US Army and Marine Corps, as well as the UAE Armed Forces, Marathon targets are employed for live-fire manoeuvre training for force elements ranging from individual combat teams or sections to battalion-sized formations.

The company claims that soldiers engaging Marathon robotic targets become more discriminating of targets and more confident in their battlefield performance.

By including robotic ‘civilians’ in live-fire training exercises, a challenging tactical scenario is created to test the soldiers’ response to a dynamic situation, which inevitably leads to greater discretion and a clearer understanding of the ‘rules of engagement’ by soldier participants. The US Marine Corps determined that soldiers developed a 104 per cent increase in combat accuracy within a 24-hour period through use of Marathon robotic targets.

Marathon has recently introduced a new robotic target model, designated T30, which was designed for high-throughput training with high volumes of fire coming from one direction. It has inherited most of the features of the company’s flagship T40, including hit detection and armour protection up to .338, with the mannequin also able to lean to indicate acceleration and able to be programmed to peek from behind walls and barricades.

Marathon Targets has offices in Sydney, Australia, in the USA and in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as well as partnerships with companies in most Middle Eastern countries

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