India’s Robot Warriors

18 Dec

India’s Defence department and its Defence Research and Development Organization have perhaps been watching the development of the Boston Dynamics BigDog, AlphaDog, and Petman projects with close attention. The DRDO has just set up a new research facility with a very tightly defined goal: To bring robots to the battlefield alongside Indian soldiers, to act as both warrior devices and cargo transporters. 

The idea is to design and build the robots nationally, and have them in service by 2020 to 2030–doing “whatever a soldier will do in warfare” according to the DRDO’s director general. 

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