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Army’s robot snipers

Re­mote-con­trol ve­hi­cle fires on enemy

- By Jemma Buck­ley De­fence Re­porter Robots · Tech · United States Marine Corps · United Kingdom · Wiltshire · Qinetiq

Look­ing like some­thing from tV’s robot wars, this is the Army’s lat­est bat­tle­field weapon. the re­mote- con­trolled ma­chine car­ries a gun and can be used to at­tack en­e­mies with­out putting troops at risk.

Called ti­tan strike, it has been un­der­go­ing ini­tial tests on sal­is­bury Plain in Wilt­shire, firing a laser beam to sim­u­late live rounds of am­mu­ni­tion. It is con­trolled re­motely by a sol­dier us­ing a tablet com­puter to plot lo­ca­tions on a map and can also be driven re­motely by joy­stick. Cam­eras al­low the op­er­a­tor to see down the bar­rel of the gun so they can de­cide when to fire.

ti­tan strike works along­side ti­tan sen­try, an un­manned ob­ser­va­tion ve­hi­cle fit­ted with day­time and ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras and an ex­tend­able mast con­tain­ing radar equip­ment.

the sen­try al­lows forces to iden­tify enemy po­si­tions while re­main­ing un­der cover. the strike can then be dis­patched to take out tar­gets. the weapons, de­vel­oped by de­fence tech­nol­ogy group Qine­tiQ, are be­ing tested as part of a £5mil­lion ex­er­cise, Au­tonomous War­rior, in­volv­ing more than 70 fu­tur­is­tic machines in­clud­ing 6in nano drones.

the ex­er­cise in­volves more than 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing units from the royal Marines, rAF, and the us Army. It is set to last four and a half weeks. As part of the ex­per­i­ment, the Army is also test­ing the first driver­less ar­moured fight­ing ve­hi­cle, the War­rior.

Bri­gadier Kev Copsey, the Army’s head of fu­ture force de­vel­op­ment, said he be­lieves Bri­tain will never use fully au­tonomous robots that could use lethal force with­out a ‘hu­man in the loop’.

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