Lethal robots may soon join soldiers in the battlefield. An assessment and demonstration of armed unmanned vehicles was held at Fort Benning Thursday.
The robots were mounted with a machine gun and fired at targets 150 meters away. In the battlefield, the unmanned vehicles are designed to close-in and destroy the enemy and conduct exploration missions. Those who saw the demonstration were impressed with how far technology has come.
"We're pleased with what we saw, the technology and the capability to employ lethal robotics on the battlefield is slowly coming to fruition," says Willie Smith, the Chief of the Unmanned Ground Systems Branch at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
The demonstration also showed robots designed to carry equipment. Those types of un-manned vehicles are already out in the field. Officials say the lethal robots may not be far behind.
"What we do at our experimental force here at Fort Benning is take these technologies, experiment with them and develop those concepts so we have a fuller appreciation of what's capable," says Don Sando, the Director of Capabilities Development and Integration for the Maneuver Center of Excellence .
Thursday was the final day of the un-manned vehicle demonstration. The test has been going on at Fort Benning since Tuesday.