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New Army technology

The NLOS is only part of a new generation of technology that will help our soldiers on the battlefield.  In Elgin, several other innovative prototypes were on display, Wednesday.  A look into the future of Army technology; fourteen new ways of which the NLOS is part.

There's the Pac Bot, the big brother to the new small unmanned ground vehicles.  "That vehicle is used in reconnaissance and surveillance.  Soldiers would use that to go into the building and send that information back," said LTC Haddon.  So, soldiers will know immediately what's around the corner.  And, these robots are so easy to maneuver, even a news anchor could do it.

Some robots seem almost human.  "They're getting more and more like people.  They have people characteristics," said Haddom.  "A lot of soldiers when they talk about these systems, they refer to them as their little buddy," he said.  It takes on a life of its own out in the field.  So it really does become part of the squad."

Then, there's "The Mule".  It made its public debut.  Used for moving equipment, it's operated by using a remote, only it can do much more than a simple video game remote.  "It can lower itself all the way down to the ground; it can hide in the grass or also make it easy to load equipment on it or it can ride up really high so it can forward through streams and rivers or go up on rocks and boulders and things like that on the ground," said Joe Zinecker from Lockheed Martin.

"As a soldier, when you look at all this technology, what does this mean for you for the job that you have to do?  It makes my job a lot easier.  I'm a cavalryman.  My job is to go out and find bad guys," said Maj. Brian Byers.  "So, it allows me to do things and go places that I may not want to send a soldier and it allows me to send soldiers other places and maximize them as assets," he said.  It just opens up the realm of what's possible for us out there."

Used all together, it's pretty clear how these robots would be used in battle.  The future is right at your fingertips; and soon to be in the hands of our soldiers. 

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