The test runs are over and the Bradley Fighting Vehicles are open for visitors.
After running two Bradleys up and down Front Avenue to test whether soldiers using a new camera system can see enemies on the roadsides, Fort Benning's U.S. Army Infantry Center Soldier Battle Lab has parked the vehicles at the Iron Works Convention & Trade Center for public display.
Until 4 p.m., civilians are welcome to come by, climb through the vehicles and ask questions, said Harry Lubin, chief of the battle lab's experimentation division.
Lubin said the test went well, and downtown was just the type of cluttered urban setting the soldiers needed to try out the camera system. The folks who came out to watch helped make the test more of a challenge, he said.
The vehicles made repeated runs on Front Avenue while soldiers posing as enemy combatants crouched behind walls and shrubs or positioned themselves in parking garages, using black pipes to simulate weapons they pointed at the passing Bradleys.
The Bradleys then were parked under the covered entrance to the Trade Center so the public could view them without being out in the hot sun, Lubin said. The battle lab earlier had planned to park the vehicles out in the Front Avenue median.