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Army tests first battlefield robots to see if they can keep up with paratroopers

BOTS VS BOOTS

THE Army’s first battlefield robots are being tested by paratroopers — to see if they can keep up.

Two types of prototype resupply trucks are being put through their paces on exercise by 2 Para and School of Infantry.

The autonomous wagons can carry up to 1.5 tonnes of ammunition, water and rations.

They are designed to dodge enemy fire and plot their own course to the frontline.

Army head Sir Mark Carleton Smith wants them used widely by 2025.

He said: “The new army will be about the integration of boots and bots.”

"Our priorities will include growing our special operations and intelligence capability to ensure we stay ahead of our adversaries.

"We will enhance our persistent presence around the world alongside the RAF, Navy, government departments and private sector.

"These will provide ‘lily pads’. In short, they will give the UK more strategic choice and influence."

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