Machine-gun-toting robots have been on patrol in Iraq since April, and they will be involved in combat "soon"
They're not quite Terminators, but robots have taken to the battlefield.
Machine-gun-toting robots have been on patrol in Iraq since April, and they will be involved in combat "soon," it was reported yesterday. This marks the first time that robots have been used in warfare.
So far these machines have been limited to street patrol and reconnaissance.
"The 'bots haven't fired their weapons yet, but that'll be happening soon," Michael Zecca, the program's manager, told Wired magazine. He said they have been cleared for live action since June.
The robots, which are equipped with cameras and operated by remote control, move along on a pair of tank-like treads. Before they can engage an enemy, a three-part arming process must be completed by the controller.
"We can kill the unit if it goes crazy," Zecca said.
A statement from the Army confirmed that robots are in use and have been designed for "high-risk combat missions."
There are only three of the robots in Iraq, but they have been a hit with soldiers.
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