The propaganda video released by the Kremlin showed Russia’s military prowess and latest tech, including a tank capable of artificial intelligence and drones that can work with one another to drop bombs in unison. The video showed a driverless tank that followed the aim of a soldiers rifle stood beside it to illustrate the tank’s capabilities to assist during combat. The footage also shows the tank is able to identify targets and fire with precision.
The drones shown in the video are able to work in unison and fly in specific shape groups before identifying and attacking their targets.
A spokesman for Russia Advanced Research Foundation (ARF) said: “The evolution of combat robots is on the path of increasing the ability to perform tasks in autonomous mode with a gradual reduction the role of the operator”
Both the tank and drone currently require an operator to control it remotely but Russia has noted that their ultimate goal is to have an army of robots entirely controlled by artificial intelligence algorithms.
With the advancement in technology regarding AI and drone usage, countries have begun experimenting with their military applications.
The British Army announced late last year that they would be carrying out massive tests of military robots and drones to aid in “surveillance, long range, and precision targeting.
The Ministry of Defence is set to invest an estimated £66 million in robotic systems which will also include automated supply delivery drones.
This would allow a reduction to the danger to troops during combat ensuring fewer soldiers are required to conduct reconnaissance missions.
Despite the many military applications of drone and AI technology, some scientists have argued against its use in modern warfare.
Human rights experts and Scientists have argued that without human control “killer robots may be a grave threat to humanity” and should not be outlawed.
Fears focus on the ability for the technology to be hacked or hijacked wirelessly, an issue not widely considered a problem with manned tank equipment.
Man-less war robots have been likened to the “third revolution” in warfare after gun power and nuclear weapons and the debate against the use of “killer robots” is expected to continue as they become more advanced.