Wednesday, November 08, 2017
The Russian military will field a new armed tank-like robot that "outperformed" manned platforms in recent exercises at the Alabino proving grounds outside Moscow.
That's what Col. Oleg Pomazuev told the Russian news site "Military Review" in late October. Pomazuev runs the Department of Innovation Research at the Russian military's Main Directorate of Research Activities, or GUNID.
Half a world away, unmanned ground vehicles are also on the mind of Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Trends in autonomy and robotic battle systems are proceeding faster than many realize, Milley said Tuesday at the Army's CyCon event in downtown Washington, D.C.
"We are in a period of time, historically, where you are getting a convergence of a wide variety of technologies. We are at the leading edge of that," said Milley. "In combination, I guarantee that they are changing and will change the fundamental character of war."
"You have a lot of changes in mechanical engineering, in robotics. So autonomous systems, or semi-autonomous, they are already here. They have arrived. They have not proliferated in wide use, yet. They will be, very, very shortly. Within a matter of years, you will see widespread use of robots."
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