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March 6, 2016

USAF launches BATMAN programme

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a technology demonstration programme, designated as Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge (BATMAN).

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The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a technology demonstration programme, designated as Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge (BATMAN).

The new BATMAN programme is aimed at adapting technologies to dismounted airmen that would maximise human performance and protect the war fighter.

Spearheaded by the 711th Human Performance Wing, the BATMAN programme includes battlefield airmen trauma distributed observation kits (BATDOK).

"That’s a perfect example of how wearable electronics and stuff like that can assist the human in doing their jobs on the battlefield."

BATDOK will make use of sensors and a small, wireless computer that can be worn on the jumper’s forearm, to enable an Air Force pararescue jumper to monitor the vital signs of several wounded service members.

US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said: "That’s a perfect example of how wearable electronics and stuff like that can assist the human in doing their jobs on the battlefield.

Part of the US Air Force’s (USAF) strategy to initiate the development of learning systems, human-machine collaboration and combat teaming, and network-enabled and cyber-hardened autonomous weapons, the programme will be used for other potential battlefield applications for enhanced protection of its service members in future.

USAF is currently working on developing autonomous weapons systems, advanced aircraft anti-collision systems, sophisticated monitoring sensors for aircrew, and new aerial radars and sensors that track activity on the ground.


Image: Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work operates a flight simulator. Photo: courtesy of DOD photo / Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz.

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