Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Robots to Join Aussie Forces

Australia said Wednesday it was developing battlefield robots capable of military operations that could free soldiers from some dangerous tasks

"These new intelligent and largely autonomous systems will in the future be able to carry out hazardous tasks traditionally reserved for warfighters," Defence Minister Robert Hill said.

"In the future, unmanned battlespace vehicles will be deployed in fleets to gather information, conduct surveillance, sweep for mines, defuse bombs and carry out a range of dangerous tasks."

A remote-controlled aircraft built by Australian company Aerosonde is capable of intelligence gathering and "electronic warfare" such as radar jamming, Hill said.

Australia says developing military robots


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