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Smart Weapons Form Thinking Battlefields (.PDF Download)

March 2, 2021

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Modern battlefields are immersed in electronic devices and data, whether on the ground, at sea, or in the air. The amounts of data from well-established systems and technologies such as radar, sonar, and LiDAR are becoming too much for any warrior to process, encouraging the development of semi-autonomous or “smart” weapons that can share in the decision-making.

Equipped with artificial-intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) technologies, many of these weapons are guided by light, sound, or electromagnetic (EM) waves to reach a selected target with high accuracy. In addition, smart weapons can be programmed to filter unwanted signals in multiple-signal environments and find a specific target on a battlefield with many potential targets.