China unveils new trio of urban combat robots

(From Popular Science)

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer

Just in time for the holiday wishlists, China is now selling a team of robots for urban combat. Unveiled at the Beijing 2015 World Robot Conference, HIT Robot Group’s product lineup consists of three robots. There is an armed variant with an assault rifle, grenade, or an option for a recoilless rifle for heavier firepower, a recon variant equipped with NBC detectors, and finally, the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot designed to dispose of explosives and other hazards. Running on a 10-12kg tracked chassis, HIT Robot Group literature specifically mentions that the recon variant can be carried in a soldiers’ backpack, while the other 2 variants would likely not due to the size of the weapons mounted. The systems are remotely operated, akin to the controls of US systems like the Packbot or SWORDS. Read more

The modular armed robot can be armed with assault rifles, grenade launchers, machine guns or anti-tank recoilless rifles.

The modular armed robot can be armed with assault rifles, grenade launchers, machine guns or anti-tank recoilless rifles.

 

 



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