De­fence robotics at a glance

Electronics For You - - Technology - —Adapted from an ABI Re­search re­port ti­tled “De­fense Ro­bots: UAVS, UGVS, UUVS and Task Ro­bots for Mil­i­tary Ap­pli­ca­tions”

Push fac­tors:

Strong de­sire to re­duce or pre­vent mil­i­tary ca­su­al­ties in the field of op­er­a­tions Changes in the tac­tics of war­fare re­quir­ing new re­con­nais­sance Combat, task ma­chin­ery and tools The need to re­duce mil­i­tary spend­ing De­vel­op­ments in the fields of ma­te­ri­als sci­ence, com­puter pro­gram­ming and sens­ing tech­nol­ogy to help cre­ate more ad­vanced ro­bots

Pull fac­tors:

Weak eco­nomic con­di­tions Dearth of ac­tive mil­i­tary con­flicts for most of the world, which re­duces the need for new de­fence sys­tems Eth­i­cal con­cerns in­volv­ing the use of ro­bots for war-fight­ing op­er­a­tions

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