The test will affect the Army's future self-driving program.
According to the U.S. Army, the upgraded tank is equipped with a camera, which provides 360 degrees of perception for the operator, and the 25 mm main gun of the tank will be equipped with a long-range turret. The March test will include a pair of MET-Ds and four robotic combat vehicles.
At present, these combat vehicles are only experimental prototypes, and they may never be able to enter the battlefield. Instead, feedback from the soldiers, drivers and Gunners who participated in the tests will be adopted by the Army Future Command, which will be used to improve its autopilot before other tests in the future.
The U.S. military explained this week that the autonomous vehicle would be remotely controlled by soldiers and could be intercepted by enemy counter-intervention/air without endangering soldiers. Officials also plan to eventually add infrared equipment to the front of the tanks so that they can detect targets within at least 14 kilometers.
It is reported that the U.S. Army plans to launch a second phase of testing of these vehicles in fiscal year 2021. During this period, the Army will test six MET-Ds, four M113, four light agent robots and four medium agent robots. In addition, the light robotic combat vehicle will be tested in Eastern Europe in May 2020.