Skip to comments.Robots Take Center Stage in U.S. War in Afghanistan
Posted on 03/23/2009 3:33:40 PM PDT by Flavius
The U.S. military is calling out the "BigDogs" in addition to its big guns as it deploys more troops to fight terrorists in Afghanistan.
The BigDogs four-legged robots that can navigate the country's treacherous terrain and pilotless helicopters than can transport tons of supplies to very remote bases are just two of the new weapons being tested in Afghanistan.
The war zone is increasingly becoming a development laboratory for machines that don't eat, sleep, polish their boots or suffer casualties. But can they succeed where man struggles?
It takes a moment for the senses even to comprehend BigDog, a four-legged robot that vaguely resembles a headless pack animal.
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We're not used to thinking of them this way. But many advanced military weapons are essentially robotic -- picking targets out automatically, slewing into position, and waiting only for a human to pull the trigger. Most of the time. Once in a while, though, these machines start firing mysteriously on their own. The South African National Defence Force "is probing whether a software glitch led to an antiaircraft cannon malfunction that killed nine soldiers and seriously injured 14 others during a shooting exercise on Friday."
When one thinks about it, air defense (High and medium alt) is essentially an automated and digital process. Your life already depends on machines/computers determining whether you’re friend of foe, if your a TBM or plane.........
Those walkers never did that good in Star Wars.
No nation on this planet can leverage technology and resource for a fighting force like we can! No one.
since china is making all the circuits i imagine they will be right along swimmingly
But that was one of the all-time cool Sci-Fi battle scenes! ;-)
You’re thinking of Jedi. The big walkers in Empire were quite successful. I think the rebels were only able to down 2 with their cables, and Luke got one with a bomb. In fact, it was the only real evidence of competence on the part of an imperial commander in the (original) series. Also, according to the books, the big walkers normally walk a lot faster, but the snow surface was too treacherous, so they had to move slowly.