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photo US Army RDECOM

photo US Army RDECOM

 

October 5, 2015 By Patrick Tucker

 

A researcher at the service’s Weapons and Materials Directorate lays out a vision for additive printers on the battlefield.

 

If you go by the Hype Cycle — Gartner’s annual tech-buzz assessment — then consumer 3D printing is about to tumble from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment,” part of the coming five- to 10-year slog to the practical applications that await atop the “plateau of productivity.” But Larry “L.J.” Holmes, the principal investigator for materials and technology development in additive manufacturing at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, (ARL) isn’t waiting around for that.

In a presentation last month at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance summit, Holmes sketched out a variety of potential uses for 3D printing for the military, ranging from intelligence to communications to terraforming the battlefield. Here are a few highlights.

 

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 17:55
 « TELEMAX » : le nouveau robot d’intervention NEDEX

 

2 Mars 2015 Source : © Marine nationale

 

Après 30 années de bons et loyaux services et de nombreuses destructions d’IED (Improuve explosive Disposal), le robot d’intervention NEDEX Wheel-Barrow prend sa retraite de la Marine nationale. Ses succès furent nombreux et c’est notamment lui qui avait permis la neutralisation à distance du lot de grenades espagnoles type « LAGUNA » en 2005, huit ans après la tragédie de la gabare la Fidèle  au large de Fermanville ou cinq personnels avaient trouvé la mort et dix sept furent blessés en manipulant ces munitions.

 

Il sera mis en sommeil mais conservera cependant toutes ses capacités et se réveillera si le besoin s’en fait sentir.

 

En 2012, la Marine nationale a sélectionné un nouveau robot plus polyvalent et capable d’exécuter toutes les missions opérationnelles confiées aux groupes de plongeurs-démineurs (GRIP) sur le domaine maritime et à bord des unités embarquées et aux groupes d’intervention dépiègeage (GRID) sur le domaine immobilier de la Marine.

 

En accord avec ALFAN/NEDEX, autorité NEDEX pour la Marine, le service CECLANT/NEDEX a sélectionné un produit d’origine Allemande et c’est tout naturellement outre Rhin, à Stuttgart que ce service s’est rendu en juillet 2014 afin de maitriser parfaitement la machine et ses matériels annexes. Ces robots, acquis en 2014 par la Marine nationale, doivent équiper les unités NEDEX de Brest, Toulon et Cherbourg.

 

Fort de ce savoir faire, le service CECLANT/NEDEX doit maintenant transmettre cet acquis aux forces. La formation au pilotage des robots d'intervention NEDEX type TELEMAX des GRID et des GRIP a débuté en janvier 2015 et se poursuivra jusqu'à l'été. Une centaine de démineurs est à former. Une attestation de stage sera remise à chaque intéressé après validation de cette formation par le service CECLANT/NEDEX.

 

Dès début février à l’issue de la formation de quatre plongeurs-démineurs, le GPD Manche, a regagné son unité de Cherbourg avec le premier TELEMAX livré aux forces. Ce robot va intégrer le tour d’alerte « intervention sur engins explosifs improvisés » (IEEI) assuré toute l’année et 24h/24 par le GPD Manche au profit de COMAR Manche avec une particularité par rapport à Brest, car Cherbourg ne dispose pas de GRID. Le TELEMAX bénéficiera donc d’un domaine d’action très étendu qui lui permettra surement de montrer ses capacités de lutte contre la menace terroriste.

 « TELEMAX » : le nouveau robot d’intervention NEDEX
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10 février 2015 2 10 /02 /février /2015 08:55
e-vigilante photo EOS Innovation

e-vigilante photo EOS Innovation

 

9 février 2015, par Gilles Solard - strategieslogistique.com

 

Thibault Depost aura pour mission de conduire des développements et la mise en production des robots e-vigilante, de piloter les projets et d’encadrer l’équipe technique.

 

La société spécialisée dans la robotique de service appliquée à la rélésurveillance structure son département R&D avec le recrutement de son directeur technique. Thibault Depost est ingénieur de formation (Supelec et ESME) et titulaire d’un MBA de l’Universtié de Paris 1 Sorbonne. Il a réalisé une bonne partie de sa carrière chez EADS en tant que chef du département Instrumentation, puis responsable des opérations et enfin directeur technique. Co-fondateur et directeur technique de la société AndroMc Systems, il était également en charge du développement du robot humanoïde Nao chez Aldebaran avant d’entrer chez EOS Innovation.

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Naval Research Laboratory Designs Robot for Shipboard Firefighting


4 févr. 2015 US Navy

 

To help further improve future shipboard firefighting capability, scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have formed an interdisciplinary team to develop a humanoid robot that could fight fires on the next generation of combatants. A humanoid-type robot was chosen because it was deemed best suited to operate within the confines of an environment that was designed for human mobility and offered opportunity for other potential war fighting applications within the Navy and Marine Corps.

 

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21 janvier 2014 2 21 /01 /janvier /2014 08:20
US Army Studying Replacing Thousands of Grunts with Robots

A US soldier drops an unmanned ground vehicle over a wall during an exercise at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in 2010. (US Army)

 

Jan. 20, 2014 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The postwar, sequestration-era US Army is working on becoming “a smaller, more lethal, deployable and agile force,” according to Gen. Robert Cone, head of the service’s Training and Doctrine Command.

 

But just how much smaller might come as a surprise.

 

During remarks at the Army Aviation Symposium in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 15, Cone quietly dropped a bomb. The Army, he said, is considering the feasibility of shrinking the size of the brigade combat team from about 4,000 soldiers to 3,000 over the coming years, and replacing the lost soldiers with robots and unmanned platforms.

 

“I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force,” he said, adding that he also has “clear guidance to rethink” the size of the nine-man infantry squad.

 

He mentioned using unmanned ground vehicles that would follow manned platforms, which would require less armor and protection, thereby reducing the weight of a brigade combat team.

 

Over the past 12 years of war, “in favor of force protection we’ve sacrificed a lot of things,” he said. “I think we’ve also lost a lot in lethality.” And the Army wants that maneuverability, deployability and firepower back.

 

The Army is already on a path to shrink from 540,000 soldiers to about 490,000 by the end of 2015, and will likely slide further to 420,000 by 2019, according to reports.

 

Cone said his staff is putting together an advisory panel to look at those issues, including fielding a smaller brigade.

 

“Don’t you think 3,000 people is probably enough probably to get by” with increased technological capabilities, he asked.

 

It’s hard to see such a radical change to the makeup of the brigage combat team as anything else than a budget move, borne out of the necessity of cutting the personnel costs that eat up almost half of the service’s total budget.

 

Cone used the Navy as an example of what the Army is trying to do.

 

“When you see the success, frankly, that the Navy has had in terms of lowering the numbers of people on ships, are there functions in the brigade that we could automate — robots or manned/unmanned teaming — and lower the number of people that are involved given the fact that people are our major cost,” he said.

 

Some of Cone’s blue-sky thinking was echoed by Lt. Gen. Keith Walker in a Jan. 6 interview with Defense News.

 

In what Walker called the “deep future” — about the 2030 to 2040 time frame — he said that “we’ll need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology.”

 

While Walker, the commander of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, which oversees much of the Army’s modernization and doctrinal changes, didn’t talk about replacing soldiers with robots, he did say the Army wants to revamp its “tooth-to-tail” ratio, or the number of soldiers performing support functions versus those who actually pull triggers.

 

“Right now our force is roughly two-third tooth and one-third tail, so as we decrease the size of the Army you may end up reducing one-third tooth and two-third tail, but what if you could slide that fulcrum? Maybe it’s one-half to one-half. The point is you get to keep more tooth, more folks that actually conduct operations on the ground and less supporting structure.”

 

The Army is already heading down that path in the structure of its brigade combat teams, announcing last year that it was adding a third maneuver battalion to each brigade, along with engineering and fires capabilities. It is adding more punch to its brigade combat teams while reducing the number of teams it fields from 45 to 33 by the end of fiscal 2017, while transferring some of those soldiers to the existing brigades.

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