Posted on Jul 6, 2015
CH (MAJ) William Beaver
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Get ready for the future of armored combat. It's a vision straight out of "Starship Troopers." It's cockroach-inspired combat vehicles.

The August issue of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics magazine includes an article by a team of University of California at Berkeley scientists and electrical engineers conducting research into building cockroach-inspired Army vehicles that would have rounded-shell exteriors and be able to traverse a wide assortment of terrain, including the ability to squeeze through gaps and quickly change direction. Robot experiments, partly funded by the Army Research Laboratory, based on a roach design showed promise for real world applications.

We are not talking about soldiers riding in a “roach coach,” at least not yet. Research is supported by the Micro Autonomy Systems Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance, which has other studies underway of what it calls “bio-inspired” ability to move over complex terrain, perch like a bird, and use tails or appendages.

Are you ready for these new 'roach-inspired' vehicles?
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SGT Jeremiah B.
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Do I get to scream like a girl if one touches me? Because that's exactly what happens when a roach touches me.

Ultimately, nature provides some of the best engineering examples available. This would be amazing in harsh terrain like Afghanistan.
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CMSgt Socom J2/Tsoc Reserve Program Manager
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I scream like 10 girls then... I hate them!! O_o
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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If it can survive a nuclear blast like it's role model, I'm in.
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1LT William Clardy
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Will larger units be able to ride into combat in doobie-inspired vehicles? And have they done any research into possible problems if the troops start experiencing vehicle-induced munchies??
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