The Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) might look like an unfinished tank or that loveable Disney character WALL-E, with a working bottom half with no main barrel, guns, or even armor to begin with, but the EMAV serves a purpose you wouldn’t expect it to. Plus, they’re completely autonomous on the battlefield, programmed to help ground troops fight their way into victory, but how exactly does it do this, and what future does it hold in the military?

The autonomous vehicle features a diesel-electric hybrid engine that enables it to be more silent when compared to the normal military vehicle that runs on pure diesel or gasoline. It features a rubber track band, a typical track configuration that can reach speeds of up to 30 to 45 miles per hour, having a maximum payload capacity of up to 7,200 lbs, and a curb weight of 3.08 tonnes. It can effectively maneuver over challenging terrain across any battlefield. It is said to have three control configurations: local, teleoperation, or autonomous, and can also be controlled with a controller for both the vehicle and payload system. Sounds just like a video game, right? But this time, it’s not for playing around.

Well, What Exactly Is It Used For?

With capacity for up to 7,000 more pounds of cargo (or virtually anything you can think of), these EMAVs have a flat deck with a length of 3.84 meters and 1.5 meters wide which means the military pretty much has all that space to work with to transport anything it needs to and from the hot zones.