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Australia seeks new army robots

Postby BenJy! on Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:34 am

By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney

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Australia wants to build a robot that can replace soldiers in war zones

Australia has launched a multi-million dollar competition to build a new generation of military robots.

The winning design must help soldiers fight by remote control in urban combat zones, defence officials say.

The aim is to reduce casualties in urban areas where fighting is unpredictable and treacherous.

The competition is being run by Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation in partnership with the US military.

'Dirty work'

The government wants to develop an "intelligent and fully autonomous system" capable of carrying out dangerous surveillance missions.

Senior officials in Canberra have said they hope that unarmed robotic vehicles will do some of the army's "dirty work" in such hazardous theatres.

The ultimate plan is for groups of these sophisticated machines to be sent into battle to help neutralise the enemy.

Research grants of $1.6m (£984,000) have been offered in this joint Australian and American competition. Five shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their ideas at a Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane in November next year.

Before they get to that stage they will have to prove that their prototypes can do the job at a defence base in South Australia, where they will be judged by an international panel of military experts.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8149043.stm


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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby FunkySpider on Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:29 am

I swear I read somewhere that the US Army have created a similar project initially designed for border control, capable of carrying the M249 Machine Gun and a accuracy of 500m. Scary future...
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Sir Bob Geldof on Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:41 am

us army are starting to use automated systems like hammer turrents on vehicles and robot sentries like you mentioned funky.
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby fixxxer on Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:06 pm

:shock:

WANT!


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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Conan on Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:31 pm

us army are starting to use automated systems like hammer turrents


I hear they look like this...

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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Wizav on Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:55 pm

I swear I read somewhere that the US Army have created a similar project initially designed for border control, capable of carrying the M249 Machine Gun and a accuracy of 500m. Scary future


I watched discovery channel science programe about future inventions etc and i see something very similar thats already full funtional and operational.

It was a boat armed with 50. cal machine gun turret , Video feeds and Microphone and it ran on solar cells and battery so it can stay patrolling for upto 2 years before returning to dock.

Currently there operated by men in control room the boats drive around the coast on there own and once they spot an unknown vessel it approches and lets the operater know. He them speaks to the boat through the onboard microphone speaker and asks them to inditifie themselfs etc etc. If they try to escape or dont respond the operater can blow up the boat from his controll room back in the mainland.

Neways towards the end it said there currently working on some AI for the boats so no people are needed and they make decisions for themselfs.

I imagine they are using the exact same system for land border patrols like what you mentioned.


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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Templar+ on Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:02 pm

Bagsy being commander of the resistance!
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby windowmaker on Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:08 pm

an Australian army of robots?

hmmm...

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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby shadow on Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:04 am

terminator anyone?

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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Mr Tortoise on Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:54 pm

ofc not time travel is impossible


besides people are too clever and have all the necessary safety checks in place ... naturally


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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby colossuss on Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:36 pm

Number 5, is alive?

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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby GazNET on Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:27 pm

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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby fooligan on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:51 am

i believe its possible, though id just drop in some MK-110

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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby EWJ on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:54 am

Irish navy (I think) have these on some ships...Also they auto aim and track targets so even in heavy sea's the gun constantly tracks the target even if lost from sight.... 8)
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby fooligan on Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:33 am

most countries have started to put these on their newgen vessels. the usa even puts em on heavy duty coastguard ships :p
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Flare on Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:47 pm

When wars become automated , war will become a simple game and the common people will be the ones who pay.

Its the cost in human lives that keeps the number of wars down, politicians dont want to be the one who starts a war where the nations soldiers die as the negitive feedback on the opinion polls will destroy any politicians career.
If wars become too automated, the costs in Soldiers lives will decrease but the cost in collateral damage and civilian casualities will increase.
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby fooligan on Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:12 pm

i don't believe that flare, at the moment every weapon research aims at making artillery, warheads, etc. smaller and more accurate, to avoid non military casualties. the israeli's have even invented a rocket that can hover above the target in case it needs to wait. the USA now have a guided rocket that can pierce 1m solid concrete to just destroy 1 room in an appartment complex, rather than having to blow up the whole thing. im in favor of the new evolution! it can't be much worse than a b52 carpetbombing your city
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Re: Australia seeks new army robots

Postby Flare on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:21 pm

None the less, if it gets too automated there will be more wars ... as I said currently its the cost in soldiers lives that prevent too many wars, no politician wants to initiate another Vietnam, or even a Somalia where one could of argued it was for a good cause (least no one could work out what the politicians would gain that I am aware of).
Now if you get more wars I doubt they will be fought in designated areas, the battles will be where they are now... in and around cities, and battles in cities ruin lives... even if they dont actually kill the person outright.

But I am speaking about if they go all the way and send in robotic infantry, and remote controlled tanks...etc etc.

Would be a stupid thing to do though... a bit of remote communication jamming, or hacking the control network of your automations, or even a EMP strong enough to get through basic shielding... or some other electronic frying area effective device.
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