Infantry: February 16, 2003

Archives

The new generation of remote controlled robots not only got a workout slithering through the wreckage of the World Trade Center in the Fall of 2001, but showed up in Afghanistan a year later. Several models of robots, ranging from over 80 pounds to less than twenty, were tried out. This sort of military robot research has been going on for over a decade and most of the current prototypes are quite useful. When the troops send one of these videocam equipped robots scurrying into a cave, rather than having to risk ambush or booby traps themselves, they are impressed. Tests back in the states have also tried out the remote controlled "recon bots" in urban warfare, where they can be sent down an alley, into a basement, or (with the lighter ones), thrown through a window, land in one piece and start looking around. It's quite likely that some of these robots will show up in Baghdad if there's a war and it comes down to street fighting.

 


Article Archive

Infantry: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close