The U.S. Army recently tested a pair of new vehicles as part of its multi-domain battle concept at the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Dubbed the “Hunter” and “Killer” and built for various types of terrain, these vehicles look like dune buggies, but in reality they’re capable of much more. For example, the Hunter platform would call precision fires in an automated fashion on land. For the air, soldiers could use the platform to communicate with aircraft for support. It also has maritime capability, in the sense that a forward observer could call for an attack from a ship to a target.

The Killer platform, meanwhile, would provide the ability to fight in the cyber and space domains. A soldier could theoretically request a cyber call to disrupt comms between a UAV and its operator. Soldiers could also call on space-based capabilities, the Army says.

The Hunter and Killer vehicles are modular, meaning a developer can take pieces from other systems and combine them on a single platform.


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