China unveils 'small but lethal' war robot 'Sharp Claw I' that's armed with a machine gun and night vision
Meet China's newest army recruit: a two-foot-tall robotic tank equipped with a machine gun and an infrared night-vision camera.
The remote-control machine, described as 'small but lethal', is designed to travel through complicated terrains at a fast speed and replace human soldiers in dangerous scouting missions, according to state media.
Footage aired on state TV shows the so-called 'robot warrior' inspecting the surroundings, climbing various stairs, monitoring the enemy at night and firing at targets in a demonstration.
The tracked vehicle is named 'Sharp Claw 1' and can travel at an average speed of 10 kilometres per hour (6.2 miles per hour).
It is said to measure 70 centimetres (27.6 inches) long, 60 centimetres (23.6 inches) tall and 120 kilograms (264.6 pounds) in weight.
It recently joined the Ground Force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) after making its debut at the Zhuhai Airshow in 2014.
According to the PLA Eastern Theater Command, which announced its official commission, the uncrewed ground vehicle can traverse all kinds of land, observe and target at the rival accurately and attack with ferocious firepower.
The thigh-high semi-autonomous war machine would be put to scout for information about the enemy in remote and potentially dangerous settings, reported state broadcaster CCTV.
It could free soldiers from risky tasks - be it in the wild or city – and react to situations more quickly than a human soldier, the report said.
But the robot would not be able to decide whom to attack or when to attack.
Military critic Bai Mengchen stressed that a human soldier would always be in charge of the machine remotely to avoid unnecessary or wrong kills.
'It can react much faster than humans, but the problem is it cannot improvise... therefore a human must supervise it and halt the task when deemed necessary,' Mr Bai told CCTV.
Jack Outback, Oz Donga, Australia
Go away we are not buying chinese stuff anymore
Ste Smith27, Exeter Devon, United Kingdom
Old hat....bomb squad have had this sort of thing since the seventies!
Harry Loves Meghan, Hollywood, United States
'Made In China' (it'll break a week after chasing down Falun Gong members)
British Person, London, United Kingdom
like all Chinese junk it probably wont work for more than half an hour.
ClearedHot, Atlanta, United States
Not impressed with 40 year old technology.
bob, China, China
These were already developed by the west decades ago, but under the UN convention they were made illegal.
redviking46, Helsinki, Finland
Obsolete 70's technology. stolen i might add. laughable
John1123, timbuktu, United Kingdom
Get lost china, nobody cares.
Kimura22, London, United Kingdom
China developing war robots. Nothing remotely worrying about that. Nothing at all.
Ecinoderm4u, Tustin, United States
Didn't the U.S. develop those like 15 years ago?
Past Le Point, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Another Chinese knockoff. No wonder everything Chinese is cheaper than that made in the West. They don't have any development costs
Late8, IsItSAFEtoComeOUTnow, United States
Gr0peyJ0eBiden, Gilbert, United States
Every bit of technology has been stolen from the west.
manny1980, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Most likely plagiarised US technology.
D.Lareme, Golden West, United States
We had stuff such as this in Iraq.
Wallace1970, Inverness , United Kingdom
Probably stolen design anyway.
Us, In the UK, United Kingdom
And western politicians still trust CHINA
Sandalwood1, Palos Verdes Estates, United States
This isn't new technology. Police departments using them since 1980's.
Southwest121, Exeter, United Kingdom
Paid for by the west
JRTjoker, Right behind you, Christmas Island
Now that is familiar. Just another peice of knock-off US tech.