As the first ever “combat robot,” the Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle helps U.S. Marines accomplish missions in difficult environments.
Armed and DangerousThe Gladiator is different from other unmanned ground vehicles because it is armed. Most unmanned vehicles, or robots, are used for surveillance purposes. The Gladiator is armed with a M240 machine gun that fires 7.62 millimeter bullets. The robot is outfitted with a remotely operated weapons system that allows it to carry and operate a number of weapons in addition to the M240 machine gun. Other weapons that can be used with the Gladiator include a 9 millimeter submachine gun and a grenade launcher.
While it is known as the world’s first “combat robot,” the Gladiator serves a variety of functions. In addition to combat, the tactical unmanned ground vehicle is used for surveillance, reconnaissance and to remove obstacles in roads, fields and buildings.
The U.S. military has stated that the Gladiator will be used for a wide range of missions, and will perform the job of a soldier without risking a person’s life. Missions the robots could be deployed for include search and recovery, clearing mine fields, and locating enemy positions. The versatility of the Gladiator has made it a popular piece of equipment among U.S. Marines.