What Moscow Thinks About When It Thinks About War Robots
Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made a significant announcement in mid-March 2018 at a domestic technology forum. “The serial production of combat robots for the Russian armed forces may start already this year,” he stated. Shoigu also implied, in response a question about whether remote-controlled unmanned systems would be... Read more
The Russian Military Wants Students to Design Its New Underwater Drone
In recent years, Russian Federation borrowed one great idea from the United States — creating a federally funded center for breakthrough and innovating technologies. The Foundation of Advanced Studies — basically the Russian DARPA — launched in 2013. The FAS stays busy these days with a variety of projects... Read more
Russia Presses Ahead With Combat Robots
The Russian military announced on Oct. 30, 2017 that it will begin acquiring the Nerekhta — a ground-combat robot armed with a slew of remotely-operated weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers. Col. Oleg Pomazuev, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Department of Innovation Research, said... Read more
Russia Wheels Out Robotic Ground Vehicles
This year’s Army-2017 military expo in Russia has featured a myriad of systems designed to showcase current Russian achievements fielded by the country’s forces, as well as to show prospective new technologies. Unmanned military systems — or military robotic complexes, as Russia calls them — receive a lot of attention.... Read more
A Soviet Film Predicted Our Robot Apocalypse—In 1977
Forty years ago, Soviet Union produced a breakthrough short animation film that anticipated many of the most heated debates our military, policy and scientific establishments are having today. Polygon begins on a remote ocean island, where a military crew is finishing preparations for what looks like a firing range — cutting... Read more
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