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Why do they use robots in the defence industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

The military is just like any other industry. Forget the fighting element for a while, think about all that has to be done to be even in a position to conduct a peace-keeping, or an offensive campaign.

When it comes down to it, the military is all about logistics. It’s all about moving equipment and personnel to wherever they need to be in action, in readiness, or stored.

Now okay, there is the element of why not have robots in the front line rather than squishy, vulnerable humans, undoubtedly there are programmes within militaries across the world to establish robot soldiers and pilots, but this is a little way off yet. It's technically possible to have robot troops, but is it morally acceptable yet? Despite that a number of Governments might be looking the other way when it comes to what their armed forces are planning, the time will come when a number of ethical decisions are going to have to be made.

Until that time, robots in the military are there to aid the logistics effort and help out with certain human threatening duties. 

So unnamed guided vehicles will be in widespread use to help moving equipment around and unmanned ground vehicles will be used to disarm bombs, conduct rescue missions, observe a mission and fight fires.

These robot vehicles will be an invaluable tool for the military. 

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