Remotely-controlled and automated vehicles and weapons perform a wide variety of useful functions on the battlefield. Remote weapons platforms were developed to remove the burden of physically transporting infantry support weapons and mortars from infantry units. These self-propelled platforms are maneuvered and fired by operators who are free to take advantage of cover, concealment and their own mobility. Remote reconnaissance probes can scout enemy positions. Remote demolition vehicles can be piloted to enemy defenses and detonated without risking lives. Automated gun turrets serve as miniature strongpoints, guarding routes of advance and inhibiting enemy movement.
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