Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years
Four robotics companies ‚ÄĒ HDT Robotics, iRobot, Northrop Grumman and QinetiQ ‚ÄĒ recently ran their M240 machine gun-armed robots through a live-fire demo at Fort Benning in what has been dubbed the ‚ÄúRobotic Rodeo.‚ÄĚ The point was to give the brass a chance to see just how viable such systems are.
The Army, which issued a favorable assessment of the technology last week, doesn‚Äôt see our armed robotic overlords as weapons taking the place of boots on the ground, but rather as combatants working alongside troops in the field.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre not just tools, but members of the squad. That‚Äôs the goal,‚ÄĚ Lt. Col. Willie Smith, chief of Unmanned Ground Vehicles at Fort Benning told Computerworld. ‚ÄúA robot becoming a member of the squad, we see that as a matter of training.‚ÄĚ
Senior Army officers attending the rodeo appeared satisfied with the robots after seeing them accurately hit targets 500 feet away, and they hope to see battle ‚Äėbots in action within five years.
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From the title of this article I bet there are many of you that were expecting something like the T-800 holding a sub machine gun... thankfully that is not what we can expect, at least not yet. What you can expect to hit our battlefields in the next few years is effectively a Wall-E with a few big guns welded to it.
( via wired.com )
Spikey wrote October 23, 2013 5:45:52 PM CEST
They've had similar automatic weapons since the mid 1980's.
I know..i used to be in the forces then, and saw them.
I expect the tech has moved on dramatically since, but even then, they could drop a plane load of weapons on individual chutes, and they would 'snap' open on a spring loaded tripod when they landed start scanning the area for movement.
They weren't 'intelligent' or mobile once landed and setup, but they could shoot anything that moved.
The idea was to parachute thousands of these over enemy lines, and act as sentries.