Russia's AI Killer Robots Will Change War Forever

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 1:06PM
Artificial Intelligence
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 1:06PM
Russia's AI Killer Robots Will Change War Forever
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The future of warfare isn't soldiers on the battlefield—it's artificial intelligence. The Russian military is investing heavily in ground-combat robots equipped with remotely-operated machine guns and rocket launchers.

It's called the Nerekhta, and its main purpose is to face off in combat against armored machinery, while also providing transport and reconnaissance capability.

Able to support the use of heavy artillery and grenade launchers, it could also potentially allow for anti-tank missile system integration. The expected battle plan of the Nerekhta would involve shared service with aerial drones.



Viktor Bondarev, the chairman of Russia's Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, announced that Russia's military anticipates that artificial intelligence will one day replace soldiers and pilots, on the battlefield and a pilot in an aircraft cockpit.

"The day is nearing when vehicles will get artificial intelligence. So, why not entrust aviation or air defense to them?" Bondarev said. 

This isn't the first we've heard of Russia evolving its military capabilities into AI. Russia's reportedly developing nuclear war-resistant technology for its soldiers that looks like its straight out of Star Wars.

And earlier this year, Russia announced that Kronstadt Group was already developing AI for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to be used by both the military and civilians. Kronstadt Group CEO Armen Isaakyan said that unmanned aerial vehicles will be integrated to one day form "swarms of drones," in the future, adding that "it will, undoubtedly, happen in the future."
 
Boris Obnosov, the Director General of the Russian weapon manufacturer Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC, has also revealed Russia is planning to possess AI-powered missiles within a few years.

Speaking at a convention, Obnosov told the press that, after seeing how the United States has used similar technology, Russia was inspired: "We saw this example, and when the Americans used it in Syria … when it is possible to re-direct [missiles] to targets. Work in this area is under way. This is a very serious field where fundamental research is required. As of today, certain successes are available but we'll still have to work for several years to achieve specific results." 
 
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