Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Boeing Creating Robot Brigade

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TACOMA, Wash. -- Already, more than 600 workers at Boeing facilities in Kent are employed by the Army's biggest, most complicated acquisition project ever. And Kent is expected to get 100 more jobs by the end of next year because of the Army's Future Combat System.

At a media briefing Monday, project officials said the 700 jobs are a tenth of the total number of engineers, software developers and others across the country who are working on the project.

Boeing is leading a $21 billion program to develop dozens of technologies and a family of 18 vehicles and robots, sensors, computers and communications equipment that comprise the Future Combat System.

The Army won't field a full brigade built around the system until 2014. The number of troops in a full brigade can range between 3,600 soldiers and 4,000, said Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Hitt.

Over a 20-year period, the Army plans to buy 15 brigades' worth of the systems. That's about 700 vehicles per brigade.

Boeing officials say the program is on budget and on schedule.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Cristobal said...

Can you win the hearts and minds of the people by sending brigades of robotic soldiers to search their houses? You CAN as long as you equip them with some teddy bear launchers (TBL's) in addition to their offensive weaponry. They may want to install those yellow cat heads on top (see article below) to humanize them too.

11:12 AM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger Prospector said...

Good Point.
Perhaps if we sent legions of companion robots to share emotions and help with the laundry we would not have to fight.

Sort of pound the swords into plushies

5:14 PM, July 19, 2005  

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