Humanoid Mobile Infantry Target for Live Fire Tests Fitted with Long-Range Radios

MVP Robotics’ latest Humanoid Engageable Kinetic Training Robot (HEKTR) 3.4 Trackless Mobile Infantry Target (TMIT) will be outfitted with Doodle Labs' Mesh Rider Radios, providing enhanced downrange connectivity and beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) operational capabilities By William Mackenzie / 16 May 2024
Humanoid Mobile Infantry Target for Live Fire Tests Fitted with Long-Range Radios
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MVP Robotics, a developer of advanced robotics for training soldiers and athletes in the field, has integrated Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider Radios into its latest robotic target for live fire training.

MVP Robotics’ Humanoid Engageable Kinetic Training Robot (HEKTR) 3.4 Trackless Mobile Infantry Target (TMIT) is a semi-autonomous, fully-armored, all-terrain live-fire target that replicates human motion. 

HEKTR 3.4 combines enhanced downrange connectivity using Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider Radios with higher levels of autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) than prior HEKTR versions. 

By integrating Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider Radio as HEKTR’s on-board datalink, MVP Robotics has secured enhanced downrange connectivity, beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) operational capabilities and the ability to form a mesh network with asynchronous uncrewed vehicles to extend C2 channels indefinitely.

Additionally, Doodle Labs’ high-throughput datalink combines with HEKTR’s on-board high-definition cameras to enable supervised autonomy, maximizing the window of operation while always prioritizing safety of humans and assets in the downrange environment. 

HEKTR can reach top speeds exceeding 20 mph and is capable of motion like that of a real human adversary, for both outdoor all-terrain and indoor close-quarter engagement. HEKTR detects gunshots and transmits real-time training assessment data to a mobile app. This allows trainees to receive instant feedback and refine their tactical skills in a safe environment. 

HEKTR 3.4 features a stereo camera that enables obstacle detection and collision avoidance for day and night operations. On-board AI processes the imagery and supports recognition of obstacles and navigable vegetated terrain. Doodle Labs’ high-throughput datalink enables supervised autonomy. 

HEKTR’s on-board stereo camera also enables fly-by-wire tele-operation, and After-Action Review (AAR) integration of the on-board camera stream with immediate availability.  Network expansion enables intelligent autonomous control of multiple squads of HEKTR TMITs in user-defined tactical formations from a single interface. 

Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider Radios provide a high throughput, long-range mesh networking solution for advanced robotic and unmanned systems. Mesh Rider’s built-in intelligence ensures resilient, low-latency connectivity even in challenging RF environments. 

MVP Robotics assert that the combined HEKTR 3.4 package is a revolutionary step forward in the level of downrange autonomy, trusted artificial intelligence deployed on an autonomous robotic system, and richness of data availability for immediate after-action feedback available to warfighters for CONUS and expeditionary training as they prepare to fight and win the battles of tomorrow.  

Amol Parikh, Doodle Labs’ Co-CEO, commented; “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with MVP Robotics and support the safe and effective training of military professionals. 

“Advanced technology like the HEKTR is rapidly changing the way our armed forces train and perform, and our Mesh Rider Radios have been specifically designed to deliver resilient connectivity for robotics and tactical teams in the world’s harshest environments. It’s a great partnership and we view it as a potential game-changer.”

MVP Robotics Co-founder and CEO Quinn Connell added; “Integrating Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider Radios opens the door to a new era in operational capability for MVP’s armored autonomous HEKTR platform. Low-latency, high reliability connectivity is crucial to effective downrange operation. This collaboration with Doodle Labs ensures reliable performance for our HEKTR systems as they prepare warfighters to win the battles of tomorrow.” 

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