U.S. Army has funded $1 million RE2 Robotics, a startup company. The company will develop an autonomous robotic arm that will refuel the AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.
The U.S. Army aims to bring into operation the robotic arm aims to reduce human efforts needed to refuel the helicopters. The service wants to allow the aircraft to continue their operations without the logistical ground-based facility. The service believes the autonomous refueling will enable hopping across Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The autonomous robotic arm system is capable of placing a fuel nozzle into the fuel port of the AH-64 helicopter and can disconnect when the helicopter is full. The robot has multiple sensors that allow creating situational awareness. It can operate in an unstructured environment.The new technology can free intensive personal assets, including aircraft carriers and assault ships. Through the new contract, the U.S. Army aims to cut personnel requirements.