Military Robots. What comes to your mind?. The Terminator??. Robot : A machine that is controlled, in whole or in part, by an onboard computer. They donâ€™t have to be like thisâ€¦. They are all with tank treads!.
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A machine that is controlled, in whole or in part, by an onboard computer.
They don’t have to be like this…
Photo courtesy Mesa RoboticsThe 61-pound (28-kg) MATILDA robot can tow up to 475 lbs (215 kg)
Photo courtesy Mesa RoboticsThis version of the ACER robot clears anti-personnel landmines.
Photo courtesy Mesa RoboticsThe bulldozer-size ACER can handle tasks like clearing explosives and hauling cargo
A example of sensors
TALON robots can be configured with M240 or M249 machine guns or Barrett 50-caliber rifles," according to manufacturer Foster-Miller.
The military is performing additional tests using TALON robots equipped with grenade launchers and anti-tank rocket launchers.
Photo courtesy Foster-MillerAssault TALON
Three of ACER's possible configurations
Obviously, ACER is not man-portable -- it weighs 4,500 lbs (2,040 kg). This heavy-duty robot has a maximum speed of 6.3 mph (10 kph) and runs on a diesel engine. The fuel tank holds 19 gallons (72 liters). For complete ACER specifications and features, see Mesa Robotics: ACER.
Photo courtesy Mesa Robotics
Flying robots like the Predator provide constant real-time data on troop movements, enemy locations and weather. In at least one case, a flying robot did a lot more than just spot the enemy: Predators can be fitted with Hellfire missiles, and when one of these Air Force drones spotted an anti-aircraft gun in southern Iraq in March 2003, it used one of the Hellfires to take it outPredator
MQ-1 Predator UAV
The MQ-1 Predator Hunter/Killer is equipped with two Hellfire missiles and a targeting system.
To learn much more about the Predator , go search the internet.
Today's military robots are limited in their autonomy and their range. They are essentially tethered to human controllers.