US Marines Are Testing A Machine Gun Wielding Robot

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As far as most people are concerned, the current wave of robotic automation that’s sweeping the globe is frightening enough. But the automation of warfare is probably by far the scariest technological development of the modern era. Never ones to be outdone by anyone else, the United States Marine Corps has decided to join this robot revolution, by developing their very own warbot.

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines are currently testing the aptly named MAARS robot, which stands for Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System. For now the tracked vehicle is being fielded in Camp Pendleton, but in the future, MAARS could be accompanying infantry squads into battle.

The vehicle can either be equipped with an M240B machine gun while carrying 400 rounds of ammunition, or alternatively a 40mm grenade launcher can be mounted on it. MAARS is remote-controlled and can travel up to 7mph for 8 to 12 hours. It’s also capable of dragging wounded soldiers away from danger. However, it still needs to be reloaded by humans and can’t travel on all of the same terrain that a living soldier can.

But some of these issues may be worked out in the future. The Marine Corps is also looking into ground based support vehicles that are fully autonomous. The Marines testing this robot may not know it yet, but they could very well be working out the technical kinks for their future replacement.

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  • BW83

    Kind of old news. This thing has been around for years in one form or the other.

    Vilify it all you want, but this stuff is inevitable. The first repeating rifles (hell the first firearms), the first war planes, the first tanks, all this was probably equally alarming at the time. All this does is field another 240 on a platform capable of carrying more rounds on board than a soldier. I believe they’re also (not sure if marines) fielding a similar robot capable of transporting an M2.

    • jim_robert

      The Wright brothers thought the airplane would make war impossible. Boy were they wrong.

      Hey, as long as they have the robot using Windows Vista as the OS, we should be ok!

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  • Mike

    Just wait until they start using AI with them. and then remember the movie terminator.

  • MorganThePirate

    Coming soon to a police department near you courtesy of the Department of Defense’s law enforcement militarization program.

  • Err Amerika

    Robotics is about to replace nearly every human job in existence; the only refuge may be robotic repair jobs, but they will soon figure out robots to do that too.

    How will an economy exist when the consumers have to money to buy their crap?

    All of this isn’t going to end well.

  • It is not Paranoia