ARMED DRONES ROLLING TO IRAQ
Hunting for guerillas, handling roadside bombs, crawling across the
caves and crumbling towns of Afghanistan and Iraq -- all of that was
just a start. Now, the U.S. Army's squad of robotic vehicles is being
prepped for a new set of assignments. And this time, they'll be
As soon as March or April, eighteen Talon robots armed with automatic
weapons are scheduled to report for duty in Iraq, as part of the
Army's Stryker Brigade. Around the same time, the first prototypes of
a new, unmanned ambulance should be ready for the Army to start
testing. In a warren of hangar-sized hotel ballrooms in Orlando,
Florida, military engineers this week at the Army Science Conference
showed off their next generation of robots, as they got the machines
ready for the warzone.
"Putting something like this into the field, we're about to start
something that's never been done before," said Staff Sergeant Santiago
Tordillos, waving to the black, two-and-a-half foot tall robot rolling
around the carpeted floor on twin treads, an M249 machine gun cradled
into its mechanical grip.
This is both impressive and scary. He has more details in his Wired article.