The Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs will host an April contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to test robots to seek out enemies in caves and tunnels.

The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency will take over a Colorado mine in April to test robots designed to seek out underground enemies.

“Nine qualified teams will attempt to remotely navigate the dark and dirty corridors of Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, Colorado,” the Pentagon’s mad science arm, known by the acronym DARPA, said on its website.

Going below ground has been a dangerous problem for the military that was highlighted in Vietnam, where insurgents built underground complexes to hide from American troops.

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