Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Future of Robotic Warfare

Wartime casualties, the bane of a country's war effort. Currently unavoidable, but with ever advancing breakthroughs in the field of robotics and electronics, inventors and scientists are coming up with advanced application of robots that can sense the world around them and hopefully can be absorbed into the military.

Pictured above is the Samson Remote Control Weapons Station, which the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) plans to install near the Gaza Strip to prevent Palestinian militants from crossing into Israeli territory. The weapon would be remotely controlled by fiber optics wired to a remote operation station and is configured to act as a robot sniper with 1500-meter-deep no-go zone.

Another robotic weapon designed for the navy is a project named "Project Trident Strike" developed by the Mapua Robotics Team from Mapua Institute of Technology (Philippines). The project is currently sponored by the Philippine Navy Sea Systems Command. The project description from the Mapua Robotics site:

This project is a remotely operated sentry gun which can be mounted on naval gun ships or in strategic locations for perimeter defense. Utilizes the Armed Forces' 50 cal. machine guns and is protected with a high impact bullet resistant plate armor
Three Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) cameras are mounted on different locations atop the machine, providing a wider view range and cleared line of sight . The Gun Director may the view 3 corresponding LCD monitors and a robotic remote control system to aim the turret from a safe location, such as a command center or a boat's cockpit.
Seeing the potential of the wireless controlled weapon, the Mapua Robotics team went on to develop a land-based robot named "Project Phalanx", aslo sponsored by the Philippine Navy Sea Systems Command. The project description also from the Mapua Robotics team:
A mobile version of Project Trident Strike a multi-tasking Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) using wireless technology. Provided with a detachable chassis depending on the task to be done such as Bomb Disposal, terrain surveillance or Assault.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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