Sunday, July 21, 2024

China unveils ‘robocop’

In recent years, advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence have led to the creation of highly sophisticated robot dogs. Initially envisioned as tools for assistance and exploration, these machines are now being adapted for military and security purposes. The latest and most controversial development in this technology is the robot dog equipped with a rifle mounted on its back. Recently, the Chinese military showcased one such model during military drills with Cambodia, as reported by CNN.

A video of the robot dog was released by state broadcaster CCTV.

“It can serve as a new member in our urban combat operations, replacing our (human) members to conduct reconnaissance, identify the enemy, and strike the target,” said a soldier named Chen Wei in the video, as reported by CNN.

The video also shows the dog walking, hopping, lying down, and moving backward while being controlled by a remote operator.

A soldier in the clip refers to this robot dog as China’s “variety of intelligent unmanned equipment.”

This is not the first time China has released such a video. Rifle-armed robotic canines appeared in a video of a joint exercise involving the Chinese, Cambodian, Lao, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese militaries held in China last November.

In 2020, the US Air Force also demonstrated robot dogs in its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).

Another video on X shows a Chinese soldier walking with a robot dog equipped with a machine gun in Cambodia.

The military drill, called ‘Golden Dragon,’ is the largest-ever joint military exercise between China and Cambodia. The 15-day exercise, which started on May 16 and continued until May 30, involves 14 warships, two helicopters, 69 armored vehicles, and tanks, and includes live-fire, anti-terrorism, and humanitarian rescue drills.

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