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Along with increasing innovations in frontier engineering sciences, the advancement in Robotic AutonomousSystems (RAS) has brought about a new horizon in earthmoving processes for construction. In the militarydomain, there is also an increasing interest in utilising RAS technologies. In particular, ground-based forces arefrequently called upon to conduct earthmoving tasks as part of military operations, tasks which could be par-tially or fully aided by the employment of RAS technologies. There have been rapid developments in militaryconstruction automation using high-mobility ground-based platforms, human-machine and machine-machineinterfaces, teleoperation and control systems, data transmission systems, machine perception and manipulationcapabilities, as well as advances in networked robotics and cyberphysical systems. Given these developments it istimely to undertake a comprehensive overview on the topic of interest to the research community and theauthority. This paper presents an overview of the RAS development for platform-centric earthworks togetherwith an analysis of the technical feasibility, maturity, key technical challenges, and future directions for theapplication of RAS technologies to earthmoving tasks of interest to the army.
military earthmoving; mode of control; robotic autonomous systems; technology/system readiness