NSW's robot army enlists with US Marine Corps

28 November 2011

Marathon Target's robots

A squad of crack NSW robots has been shipped out to the United States to help train the Marine Corps in marksmanship.

The eight robots have been designed and built by Sydney company Marathon Targets to train soldiers in live firing exercises.

The NSW Government has assisted the company's technology development and targeting of the US defence market through NSW Trade & Investment.

The free-ranging, armour-plated and networked robots are programmed to mimic human behaviour to provide a realistic, challenging and interactive training scenario for marksmen.

The robots can run day and night in all weather conditions and have the ability to turn on the spot, change direction, navigate buildings, avoid obstacles, and even duck for cover when fired upon.

The NSW robots have been assessed and endorsed by the US Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program, which tests market-ready technologies with potential to support US defence requirements.

"As a result of the FCT endorsement, Marathon Targets not only has a green light to sell its robots to the US Marine Corps but can also sell to other US agencies with an interest in marksmanship training, including the military, special forces and law enforcement groups," Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said in his announcement.