Combat Robot-Avatar Revealed to Russian President Putin
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22:29 20.01.2015(updated 10:47 21.01.2015)
A new robot-avatar, designed to have functions comparable to those of a human being, was revealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Central Institute for Scientific Research Tochmash on Tuesday.
MOSCOW, January 20 (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering Tochmash in the town of Klimovsk, Moscow region on Tuesday, where he was presented to a new robot-avatar that could function similar to a human.
The human-like robot made five shots with its gun and drove a quad around the training area. Special sensors, attached to the robot’s limbs, allow an operator to drive the robot remotely.
The combat robot was designed to have functions comparable to those of a human being. The machine is expected to be able to effectively work on its own in the conditions of human infrastructure, travel on a variety of terrains, drive a vehicle and provide emergency medical aid.
Russian Vladimir President Putin at a meeting of Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission
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Besides, the new robot, Putin had a chance to examine new protective military equipment that is designed to enhance soldiers’ protection on the battlefield. In addition to the new body armor, new types of guns were also presented to Putin, including a new sniper rifle.
Tochmash is Russia’s leading research institute specializing in the development and manufacture of military equipment, ammunition, optical-electronic devices and small arms training simulators. Tochmash institute was established in 1944 and is currently part of the state-owned technologies corporation Rostec.
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http://sputniknews.com/military/20150120/1017150006.html Putin Meets Russia’s New Terminator-Style Robot Warrior
•The Moscow Times
•Jan. 21 2015 16:13
•Last edited 16:13
KremlinRussia’s President Vladimir Putin (C) looks at a human-like combat robot during a visit to the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine (“Tochmash”) in Klimovsk, outside Moscow, Jan. 20, 2015.
With Russia’s military modernization plans set to boost defense spending to a record 3.3 trillion rubles ($50 billion) this year, President Vladimir Putin got the chance to meet the army’s newest recruit — a humanoid battle robot.
In a video taken by the state-owned RT news agency earlier this week, Putin witnesses Russia’s combat robot, clad in a camouflage uniform, navigate an all terrain vehicle at one of the military’s premier research institutes, the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building (“TsNIITochmash,” by its Russian acronym).
The combat applications of the robot, which carries no visible weapons and can only move at a crawl, are unclear.
The other problem is that, like other robots, it’s dumb. Unable to learn or make independent choices, modern robots are critically dependent on very literal human instructions. Although remote-operated drones have already become a staple of modern air forces, autonomous humanoid combat robots are a long ways off.
But while Terminator-like machines may be still relegated to the movies, Russia is still enthusiastic about the combat applications of advanced robotics.
In the near term, Russia is looking to deploy automated tanks and armored vehicles capable of choosing and attacking targets without any human assistance.
These vehicles, according to U.S. science magazine Popular Science, will not have the authority to choose and execute targets at their leisure, but will instead have human operators who give the ultimate permission to fire.
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