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.