The Marine Corps recently conducted a groundbreaking test involving a remote-controlled robot designed to carry an anti-tank rocket launcher. The prototype, known as the “robotic goat,” was armed with an M72 shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket launcher and underwent testing at Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County.
The main objective of this innovative experiment was to assess the viability of using a robot to handle weapons systems, which would otherwise be operated by Marines. By incorporating a remote trigger mechanism, the Marine could control the weapon system from a safe location while the robotic goat advanced towards the target.
According to 1st Lt. Aaron Safadi, the remote-controlled feature enables the Marine to stay protected behind cover and concealment, while still having complete control over the weapon system. This significantly reduces the risk to the operator while allowing the weapon to get closer to its intended target.
While few details about the robot itself were released, a photograph revealed that it is approximately the size of a small dog, equipped with grey legs and four eye-like sensors. Its compact size and versatile design make it ideal for navigating various terrains, including the mountainous and desert environments found at Twentynine Palms.
The introduction of remote-controlled robots in military operations marks a significant advancement in warfare technology. By leveraging automation and robotics, the Marine Corps aims to enhance situational awareness, improve safety, and increase combat effectiveness on the battlefield.