Mini-vehicles poised for battle:Flying saucers, buggies and miniature helicopters descend on Salisbury plain for MoD competition

A range of mini-vehicles that could help give UK forces the battle-winning edge on operations are set to take part in the final of a major MoD science and technology competition.

The "Grand Challenge", launched by the MoD in 2006, asked teams from across the UK to devise highly autonomous vehicles capable of identifying threats that are being encountered by UK troops on overseas operations. These include marksmen, vehicles mounted with heavy weapons, roadside bombs and armed militia.

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