An Australian business with offices in Sydney, Columbus and Abu Dhabi has been selected to provide rentals of its robotic targets to the US Naval Special Warfare Command.
Marathon Targets, which specialises in robotic targets for live-fire training, was awarded the 3-year contract by the Naval Special Warfare Command in September.
"We are looking forward to being able to support the warfighter under this contract, and to be able to make a difference to their capabilities," the company said in a statement.
The business says its robotic targets provide a robotic opposing force (ROPFOR) to conduct live fire training over uneven and lightly wooded terrain in rural field environments.
"Our robots appear as realistic human shaped targets, especially when observed at range by field snipers," Marathon Targets said.
"Common training scenarios involve robots simulating enemy convoy movements, formations and rendezvous, giving snipers the opportunity to practice threat identification and target acquisition.
"When engaged, robots have the ability to rapidly change speed and direction to provide a realistic marksmanship challenge. This challenge strengthens the communication between sniper and observer and builds a realistic appreciation of field operations. Our system allows users to very easily command robots to move in a formation to key areas and select appropriate responses when engaged."