Marines test gun platform robots for amphibious operations

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines Regiment prepare a newly developed system, the Multi Utility Tactical Transport, for testing. (DoD)

The US Marines may have robotic battle buddies storming beaches with them thanks to new technology being tested at Camp Pendleton, California.

The new robots -known as a Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT)- is fairly straightforward with a machine gun mounted on a tracked platform, and is currently being tested by the hip-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise base at Camp Pendleton.

The idea, according to US Marine Officials, is to allow the MUTTs to storm the beach prior or alongside Devil Dogs coming ashore, thus keeping Marines safer.

‘The unmanned ground vehicle and the operated weapons extend that capability [saving human life] out to 2,000 meters so we can be in a protective position seeing what’s going on in the battlefield and be engaging with the enemy,’ a US Marine official told Fox News.

Other weapons being tested include airborne drones, speedboat/submarine hybrids and weaponized ground vehicles.

The submarine -known as the Fathom- is powered by two 480 horsepower diesel engines and can dive repeatedly, with a top speed of 38 miles per hour.

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