Army’s October Convention Was Full of Armed Robots

The U.S. Army may still be working out rules and concepts for using armed unmanned combat vehicles (UGVs), but a wide variety were already on sale in mid-October at the Association of the U.S. Army show.  As noted by PATRICK TUCKER and LAUREN C. WILLIAMS on, the Army show included a wide variety of weapons systems, many of which can be remotely controlled or operated in semi- or fully-autonomous modes. These images represent a modest sample of the systems exhibited:

2. General Dynamics Epirus-Stryker.

3. Rheinmetall Mission Master CXT.

4. Ghost Robotics’ Vision 60 robot dog.

5. Combat UGV (unidentified manufacturer)

6. BAE Systems Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

7. Rheinmetall Lynx optionally crewed fighting vehicle.

8. Patria, from a firm owned jointly by Finland and Norway's Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

9. The autonomous Pratt Miller Defense EMAV.

Sci-Fi fans may wonder that Isaac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics seem never to be mentioned in contemporary news reports on the latest lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in their  # 22 - 15 - 21 OCTOBER 2022 edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).

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