In part because they have state of the art armor, but also because these robots can think and behave like the enemy … and avoid getting shot.
While it sounds like a Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines scenario, Special Operations Forces around the world are leveraging the abilities of the cutting-edge Marathon Target robots to challenge and enhance their skills.
Right now, they are being used to challenge- and sharpen- a warfighter s response to dynamic and evolving tactical situations.
The robots may not have legs but they effectively simulate how humans move during close-quarter battle scenarios.
For combat scenarios with a mix of civilians, friendly forces and enemy forces the robots can be dressed as civilians or represent friendly force elements.
However, there are limitations – they can t climb stairs yet so robots have to be placed in advance on other floors and are limited to movement on those floors.