U.S. military gets fired up over weaponized robots

Check out photos and video of machine gun-shooting robots at Fort Benning, Ga.
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Credit: Sharon Gaudin

Get fired up

The U.S. Army is looking to add armed robots to its inventory of weapons.

Last week four robotics companies took their robots, equipped with M240 machine guns, to a firing range at Fort Benning, Ga., to demonstrate their weaponized machines.

With a command from their human controllers, robots from all four companies -- Northrop Grumman, HDT Robotics, iRobot Corp. and QinetiQ – opened fire and hit pop-up targets on a ridge about 150 meters away. Using sensors, the robots can pinpoint the enemy, but military officers said a human will make the decision of whether the robot fires on them.

In this image, smoke and dust rise after HDT Robotics' robot, the Protector, fires at the targets.

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