It doesn’t take a genius to realize that guns can be dangerous. This danger becomes even more pronounced when the guns are automatic weapons in the hands of trained fighters.
Under these situations, firing bullets becomes more about saving yourself rather than killing other people. This is the situation that people in the armed forces face everyday.
While in most situations like this, soldiers are able to provide cover fire for other soldiers in order to help them out, but in some cases that is not a feasible option.
In order to prevent deaths in instances like this, the US Army is now testing a new type of robot that is armed with machine guns and rocket launchers.
This robot is called Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System, or MAARS, and it features a M240B machine gun along with a 40mm grenade launcher.
Both these weapons are manually loaded and are supposed to be used for laying suppressive fire and/or destroying enemy strongholds.
In addition, the robot also has a host of sensors and cameras that are to be used for helping it navigate as well as provide constant surveillance of the immediate region.
In it’s current iteration, the robot can only operate in urban and semi-urban areas, with a top speed of 11.3KMPH (7MPH) and battery backup of 8-12 hours.
These limitations will be definitely improved upon in future iterations of this concept. Whether this concept should be developed further or now however is very different conversation. For now, all we can do is wait and watch.