US Army reveals details of latest killer robot for battlefields of the future

The US Army has revealed a new prototype weapon which could one day fight on future battlefields.

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division have been live fire testing the latest technology at Camp Grayling in Michigan.

The hi-tech kit allows troops to stay in cover and drive the RCV (robot combat vehicle) by remote control, while scanning the surroundings for the enemy using drones attached to it.

When hostile forces are spotted, the troops can open fire using M249 Squad Automatic Weapons, M2 .50 caliber machine guns and Mk19 grenade launchers mounted on the vehicles

A larger prototype is also being tested which has a remotely operated 30mm cannon and a top speed of more than 25 mph.

An even bigger one which is being developed would be the equivalent of a modern day tank.

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Dyal, who was involved in the exercise, told the Army Times: “The system worked very well. Right now, today, even in its status as test platform, this would bring a significant new level of lethality to our infantry forces."

The rush to develop military robots has been described as the new "nuclear arms race" with countries competing to design and develop the best lethal technology.

Other new technologies being researched include self-steering bullets, unmanned submarine hunter killer submersibles, laser cannons and camouflage which changes according to its surroundings.

The UK recently bought 30 NANO bug flying drones which can fit in the palm of the hand, and when airborne, can see more than a mile away. The RAF also has nine missile-bearing Reaper drones which have been used in lethal attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan,

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The head of the UK’s military has previously said he expects up to a quarter of UK soldiers could be robots by the 2030s.

General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the Defence Staff, recently told the Andrew Marr show on BBC1: "If I projected forward another 10 years, I think we should be in no doubt that warfare will look different, there will be robots on our battlefield in future — there already are today.”

However, critics have said using too much lethal hi-tech equipment could be dangerous.

In 1983 an automated Russian early warning nuclear attack system said five intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched from the USA. Only the quick thinking of a Russian technician realised there was an error with the system and decided not to retaliate – potentially saving the world from a full-scale nuclear war.

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