The Army Contracting Command in the US has issued a call for industries and academia to submit proposals to help build its Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System, aka ATLAS. It will use AI and ML to give ground-combat vehicles, like tanks, autonomous targeting capabilities. ATLAS will use an algorithm to detect and identify targets and only parts of the fire control process will be automated. However, as required by law, a person will always be the one to actually make the decision to fire.
Ultimately, the driving force behind this idea is all about efficiency.
“Anytime you can shave off even fractions of a second, that’s valuable. A lot of engagement decisions in warfare are very compressed in time. If you’re in a tank and you see the enemy’s tank, they probably can also see you. And if you’re in range to hit them, they’re probably in range to hit you.”, said Paul Scharre, director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Society, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.
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