Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles for Casualty Evacuation Support


The Navy, Army and Air Force conduct a casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) response event at Fort Dix, N.J. in August 2016. The Navy tested its common control system during the event to show the potential use of unmanned systems for automated CASEVACs. (U.S. Army photo)

The Navy, Army and Air Force conduct a casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) response event at Fort Dix, N.J. in August 2016. The Navy tested its common control system during the event to show the potential use of unmanned systems for automated CASEVACs. (U.S. Army photo)

Posted: May 27, 2020 | Completed: April 23, 2020
Are there autonomous unmanned vehicles capable of supporting casualty evacuation?

DSIAC was tasked with compiling ground and airborne autonomous unmanned vehicle systems capable of providing combat operations Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) support to combatant command units deployed in locations with limited assistance from medical personnel. Capability is needed due to possible nonavailability of manned CASEVAC support in contested environments. The unmanned vehicle would deploy from a forward-operating base or other forward tactical location that has medical and communications support. Medical support staff will be available to assist in loading the patient and patient’s gear into or onto the unmanned vehicle. DSIAC collaborated with the inquirer to create a set of general requirements to form an Active Technical Inquiry that was shared on the DSIAC website, DTIC DoDTechSpace, and to the DoD Communities of Practice. DSIAC collected a total of 32 (12 DoD, 1 academic, and 19 industry organizations) responses that provided comments, suggestions, proposed solutions, and/or requests to be connected with the requesting agency for collaboration.

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