The future of amphibious assault looks kind of like an explosive inner tube. It’s really a drone.
In January 2014, they tested it at the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Va., where the GuardBot successfully deployed from and returned to a naval craft.
Today, the machine is remotely operated over a 2-8 GHz datalink.
But Muhlrad and his team are working on new software that incorporates geographic information system data, or GIS, to allow for far greater autonomy. Just pick a spot on the map and the ball will get there.
“Depending on if we get funding, we could develop that in 8 to 10 months,” Muhlrad told Defense One.