DoD Lab Day Showcases Robots, Missiles & More

This week, we’re continuing to highlight the science and technology advancements happening within the Department of Defense. Last Thursday, DoD innovations were on display at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon. We brought you three projects currently being developed. Now, here are three more featured projects from Lab Day.

Graphic image of the Air Force Research Laboratory's "Counter-Electronics HPM Advanced Missile Project" is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Image: AFRL/Boeing/Released)

Graphic image of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Counter-Electronics HPM Advanced Missile Project” is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Image: AFRL/Boeing/Released)

Imagine being able to dismantle the enemy’s communications and electronics capabilities in one fell swoop, but without harming civilians on the ground. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or “CHAMP,” does just that. The compact and flexible weapon can fly over an adversary’s electronic and communications systems and destroy them with a targeted, multi-shot radio wave burst capacity, avoiding injury to people and structural damage.

AFRL successfully flight tested CHAMP in 2012 and is now working on reducing its weight and increasing its power.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command System Center Atlantic's Wireless 3D Facial Recognition Binocular System is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Photo: Yolanda R. Arrington/Defense Media Activity/Released)

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command System Center Atlantic’s Wireless 3D Facial Recognition Binocular System is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Photo: Yolanda R. Arrington/Defense Media Activity/Released)

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic has developed a Wireless 3D Facial Recognition Binocular System that gives warfighters the power to conduct stand off and long range data collection. These binoculars allow the user to see potential threats some 225 meters away in degraded conditions. The binoculars collect visual data that can be fed to a database where it can be compared to existing images of potential adversaries on the CENTCOM watch list.

The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration's "FERRET" robot is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Photo: Yolanda R. Arrington/Defense Media Activity/Released)

The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration’s “FERRET” robot is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Photo: Yolanda R. Arrington/Defense Media Activity/Released)

Robots and more robots were on display at last week’s DoD Lab Day. The Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration’s Futures Directorate showcased a semi-autonomous robot and one that works in tandem with Marines on the ground.

The Forward Engagement Robotic Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition (RSTA) Experimentation Tactics, Technics, Procedures (TTP), or simply, “FERRET,” for short is a semi-autonomous robot that provides remote mapping and point and click to “drive to objective” capability. This robot doesn’t need to be driven like others. It provides mission reports upon its return.

The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration's "MAARS" robot is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Photo: Yolanda R. Arrington/Defense Media Activity/Released)

The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration’s “MAARS” robot is displayed at the first-ever DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon to highlight military achievements in science and research, May 14, 2015. (Photo: Yolanda R. Arrington/Defense Media Activity/Released)

The Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System, “MAARS,” can work with Marines to enhance firepower. It operates remotely and via voice command. The robot has an adaptor for mounting a machine gun or the platform can be outfitted for a grenade launcher. At roughly 370 lbs., MAARS can hold 400 rounds of ammo and it has a pan/tilt camera that can be used for carrying out a mission.

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Tomorrow, we’ll have more examples of the technology on display at DoD Lab Day.

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