Army Unveils High-Tech Combat Tools

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The Army unveiled parts of its high-tech Future Combat Systems in an exercise at the Fort Bliss Orogrande test site.

Yesterday's mock raid on a fictitious village was the first public glimpse of a series of camera mounted-robots, small unmanned planes and radios that can send text messages.

About two dozen soldiers had the task of raiding and clearing several buildings.

They sent in a camera-mounted robot, called a small unmanned ground vehicle or SUG-V, to get views of what they were walking into.

In one building, the camera spied an enemy soldier.

Elsewhere, an improvised explosive device with a trip wire was caught on camera.

The images were relayed in real time to field commanders – who described to forward soldiers what was shown.

Images from the small unmanned aerial vehicle were also sent to the battlefield in real time.