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Watch US Marines fire at moving robot targets in live-fire drills

Autonomous Robotic Human Type Targets make their way off of a firing range Feb. 18, at Camp Pendleton. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. John Baker/U.S. Marine Corps)
June 01, 2018

When training on the range, some U.S. Marines are now simulating combat environments with more lifelike moving targets.

Using autonomous, moving robotic targets, supplied by Marathon Targets, offers Marines optimum training because the targets are moving.

1st Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., fire at robotic targets as the U.S. Marine Corps works to make live-fire training more realistic. (Department of Defense)

The moving targets are more difficult to hit, which challenges the Marines more so than with a non-moving paper target.

Marathon Targets said that using the moving targets will increase combat accuracy by 104 percent within a 24-hour period, according to tests conducted by the Marines.

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Watch Marines from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., fire at the robotic targets: