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US Navy To Eliminate Touchscreen Controls On Its Destroyers

The US military usually embraces tech whenever promising. This time, on the other hand, it is taking an obvious step back. The Navy will remove touchscreens on destroyers in the coming next 18–24 Months, reverting rather than conventional physical throttles and helm controls. The move came in answer to feedback from the fleet after a probe into the USS John S. McCain's collision a few years ago, which murdered 10 Navy sailors. The report discovered that the poor training and complex touchscreen interface of the warship played a major role in the collision with a Liberian-tagged vessel.

The switch will impact all DDG-51 class (Arleigh Burke) ships with the help of the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System. You might witness the first modification in summer next year. USS Ramage will be the first in-service ship to make the jump, while the USS Ted Stevens will be the first brand new destroyer to eliminate touchscreens.

The move is not so much a flat-out refusal of tech as an acknowledgment that it has to be easy to use and make sense. Admiral Bill Galinis (Program Executive Officer for Ships Rear) claimed that the feedback fitted into the general mindset.

On a related note, the US military is about to test employing robotic cars in a more aggressive manner—the Army will begin testing robotic combat cars next year. Soldiers in two altered Bradley Fighting Vehicles (MET-Ds or Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators) will control four crewless M113-derived prototypes remotely to gauge how well the network operates in real situations. While it is not a combat situation, the Army expects for advice that will reveal issues or different employment patterns.

Each MET-D will have 4 warriors in the back managing 2 uncrewed cars, each of which is fitted with 7.62 mm machine guns.

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