US Army Showcases AI-Based Target Recognition Aboard M1 Abrams Tank
The US Army has demonstrated an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled target recognition prototype integrated with an M1 Abrams main battle tank in California.
The event was part of Project Convergence 2022, an effort to identify next-generation technologies for modern warfare.
It supports the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Aided System (ATLAS) program to trial various target monitoring capabilities.
Led by the army’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center, images show several sensors equipped around the vehicle.
The army’s “Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Combat Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System” for scoring combat simulation assessments is mounted on the tank.
The rear part of the vehicle has exhaust equipment likely for the computer of the AI-driven system, The Drive reported.
Improving US Army Target Recognition
According to the US Army, the ATLAS enables warfighters to distinguish threats that humans can not discern easily and rapidly.
The AI-assisted solution underwent a series of experiments to match the technology with human performance while preventing mishaps during target acquisition and reporting operations.
“ATLAS uses an aided target recognition system that scans a field of regard, so the Soldier is assisted by an artificial intelligence system that is also searching the scene,” C5ISR Center Human Perception Laboratory’s Dr. John Graybeal explained during an ATLAS test in 2021.
“While this should accelerate target engagements, one of the problems Soldiers encountered was they could easily lose track of where they were scanning previously.”
“We had Soldiers work with that function extensively in this testing iteration, and collected feedback to see if it was doing what they needed it to do.”