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 Semi-autonomous drones, robotic vehicles, “smart” digital tablets: cutting-edge equipment of Marine Corps’ experimental force. VIDEOS

The Marine Corps’ infantry battalion, designated as the service’s experimental force, is gearing up for a final evaluation before it deploys to Japan.

Censor.NET reports referring to USNI News.

At last year's WEST 2016 conference, it was announced that a highly-decorated, ground combat unit nicknamed "Darkhorse" would serve as the Marine Corps' experimental unit to test various new technologies, gear and concepts to help modernize the force.

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The battalion was provided with high-tech equipment and semi-autonomous systems including small drones, robotic vehicles, off-road vehicles, "smart" digital tablets, wearable batteries and energy-generating gear.

U.S. media point out that the Marines have recently started practical tests of the miniature surveillance drone Instant Eye.

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One more novelty - MUTT (Multi Utility Tactical Transport) - a remote-controlled robot able to move across marshes and sand, carry weapons and loads.

RV-M (Modular Robotic Vehicle), another robotic "family" member, can be equipped with a machine gun or Javelin anti-tank missile system.

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