Military Review

Americans are ready to equip up to a quarter of their army with robots

25
At a recent US symposium on military aviation, which took place in the vicinity of the American capital in Arlington, the head of the Command for combat training and development of the doctrine of the US Army noted that a significant reduction in the number of personnel of combat units implies the wider use of various robots. According to the American General Robert Cone, by the end of 2015, the number of personnel of American brigades could be reduced from 4 to 3 thousand soldiers and officers. It is assumed that by 2019 the number of personnel of the American ground forces will be reduced to at least 450 thousand people. Currently, about 540 thousand troops are serving in the US Army.


In order to preserve the combat capability of ground units at the same level, the command of the ground forces hopes to substantially expand the use of robots and robotic equipment, which will replace part of the personnel of the units. In this case we are not talking about creating an army of "Terminators" or killer robots, which can often be seen in modern science fiction films. Mainly, robots will be used by the military to perform various auxiliary functions. The American general listed various remotely controlled aircraft and vehicles, as well as "cargo robots" that can be used to transport equipment and other heavy loads. According to Cone, thanks to automation, US ground forces will be able to be ready for immediate deployment and more maneuverable. In addition, it is expected to increase their firepower.

The reduction in the number of land brigades at once by a quarter is proposed to be compensated by modern automated platforms and robots. At the same time, according to General Robert Cone, ground forces should use the positive experience of the American fleet, which has achieved significant success in reducing manpower through the use of modern technology. The U.S. Navy successfully reduced the number of sailors on warships by automating many of the functional duties existing in the fleet. According to Koon, the automation of the ground forces, the use of UAVs and robots, as well as the reduction of the military personnel serving them will help to significantly reduce the cost of maintaining the army. Currently, most of the military costs associated with the size of the armed forces. This is characteristic of all modern armies.

Americans are ready to equip up to a quarter of their army with robots

In this case, the US army is not going to immediately replace the soldiers with autonomous robots equipped with lethal weapons. Instead, the options are being developed for the widespread use of robotic vehicles that could be used in organizing supply convoys along with the use of conventional vehicles under the control of human drivers. It is reported that the first samples of such military equipment are currently undergoing preliminary tests on the territory of Afghanistan. In particular, we are talking about the "Squad Mission Support System". This system is a robotic six-wheeled buggy, which is designed to transport luggage and equipment to military personnel.

In addition to conducting various tests, the US Army is known for its unmanned campaign against Al Qaeda terrorists and Afghan rebels, which is being conducted on the territory of Afghanistan and border areas of Pakistan. To fight the rebels, a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles are used - from very small reconnaissance helicopters to sufficiently large Reaper attack drons that can carry Hellfire guided missiles. According to activists, the use of this kind of robotic technology is accompanied by large losses among the civilian population, the number of killed civilians goes to hundreds, if not thousands. The heyday of new technologies in the US naturally spawned fear of future wars, in which combat robots could one day come together. That is why many international organizations are in favor of a preventive ban on work on the creation of combat robots.

However, until the creation of full-fledged combat robots is still far enough. At present, the greatest interest of the Pentagon is caused by samples of automated ground-based equipment, which will be able to both carry out and give orders to soldiers, reports the Defense News portal. The publication writes that these robots will have a light booking, as well as differ in increased mobility. The use of such machines in the ground forces should lead to savings and reduce the total cost of maintaining each of the ground brigades.

Buggy Squad Mission Support System

“Today I have quite clear ideas about which tasks can be solved with the help of robotic platforms, we will have such an opportunity in the near future,” the American general noted. He also said that he had already received a "clear idea about the possibility of" revising the staffing level of the rifle branch, which is standard for the ground forces. Currently, the US Army branch is made up of 9 military personnel. According to Robert Cone, over the past decades, the American army, participating in various military campaigns, has significantly reduced its ability to wage a mobile war, as well as the ability to quickly deploy, has suffered fire power. Most of these opportunities have been reduced in favor of better security of the army. The American army had to adapt to various partisan tactics of warfare and other forms of asymmetric warfare in order to have the ability to conduct combat operations anywhere in the world.

At present, a special advisory group will be engaged in a deep analysis of the large-scale reduction of the ground forces. According to the general, the reduction in the number of each brigade on 1000 people really can be blocked due to recent scientific discoveries and increased technical capabilities of the military. Today, the development of robots and robotics is being conducted at such a rapid pace that in a short time it will actually be possible to shift some of the tasks that ordinary living people today have to do to them.

Nowadays, most of the robots used in the US Army are telepresence devices. Only a few of them are able to carry out various orders and combat missions in a fully autonomous mode, without interference from the operator of the device. The main efforts of the military want to focus precisely on achieving autonomy of robots and robotic technology. Further research is also being conducted in the field of remote control of military equipment. Ideally, having one manned vehicle, you could also drive several unmanned vehicles or a whole convoy of such vehicles.

Information sources:
http://hi-news.ru/technology/armiya-ssha-zamenit-chast-zhivyx-soldat-robotami.html
http://news.rambler.ru/23238808
http://gearmix.ru/archives/8520
http://ekb.dk.ru/firms/98687224/news/236824989
Author:
25 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. saag
    saag 28 January 2014 09: 10
    0
    And what prevents to make a robot-spider-sniper? :-)
    1. Fofan
      Fofan 28 January 2014 21: 19
      0
      Quote: saag
      And what prevents to make a robot-spider-sniper? :-)

      common sense
      1. Geisenberg
        Geisenberg 28 January 2014 22: 25
        0
        Quote: Fofan
        Quote: saag
        And what prevents to make a robot-spider-sniper? :-)

        common sense


        No. Wrong. Idiocy and inertness of thinking.
    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 January 2014 22: 24
      0
      Quote: saag
      And what prevents to make a robot-spider-sniper? :-)


      Nothing. For example, they would give me the opportunity in the army for a long time to use robotic defense systems. All kinds of security and observation modules with the function of partial decision-making would already be on guard of our borders.
      1. Aryan
        Aryan 29 January 2014 08: 30
        0
        Holmes! How did you know that this is not a person, but a terminator?
        -Elementary Watson! When I asked for my passport, he showed me the technical passport laughing
      2. The comment was deleted.
  2. Stiletto
    Stiletto 28 January 2014 09: 23
    0
    And the rest of the US army is rear-wheel drive.
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 January 2014 22: 26
      0
      Quote: Stiletto
      And the rest of the US army is rear-wheel drive.


      This is European such, the Americans will be deeply democratic-black. Turbanes, bales, turbans, skullcaps, sodomites - rainbow varnish, rastamans - ganja, etc. ...
  3. Nayhas
    Nayhas 28 January 2014 09: 33
    +10
    And then there will be an uprising of cars!
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 January 2014 22: 27
      0
      Quote: Nayhas
      And then there will be an uprising of cars!


      The brain has not yet been invented ... or even today you can stir up such a thing.
  4. Volodya Sibiryak
    Volodya Sibiryak 28 January 2014 10: 52
    +1
    The widespread introduction of such technological innovations will require increasing their protection against hacker attacks, as an example of the loss of an American UAV over Iran.
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 28 January 2014 22: 28
      0
      Quote: Volodya Sibiryak
      The widespread introduction of such technological innovations will require increasing their protection against hacker attacks, as an example of the loss of an American UAV over Iran.


      Who will hack what if it is not known which control channel is currently working?
      1. badger1974
        badger1974 29 January 2014 15: 42
        0
        But how are radio operators caught? direction finding, if the object has radiation, then there is feedback, and then a matter of technology, you want to turn off the channel, you want to decode, and it's in the hat
  5. Orakyl
    Orakyl 28 January 2014 11: 03
    +1
    They don’t want to die, of course! and don’t go where you don’t need and live peacefully, otherwise the bogeyman will come and ..... will take Coca-Cola !!!
  6. runway
    runway 28 January 2014 11: 27
    +2
    Guys! Learn the materiel! Control programs for their robots will be very useful to us.
  7. Stinger
    Stinger 28 January 2014 12: 25
    +1
    As the Russian hussars said: you can fuck with a do-ru and a mare.
  8. badger1974
    badger1974 28 January 2014 14: 52
    +1
    robots have been around for a long time since the middle of the 20th century, but these are essentially kamikaze robots, that is, controlled weapons, only one-way action algorithm, it’s much more difficult to create a reusable robot, here’s the catch, such ratomats need feedback, or there will be a threat to the owner (there were already some principals), and since it requires protection from enemy interference, and direct exposure to the electronic brain by a hard electromagnetic wave (Chernobyl elimination robots are a complete stop), and this is an increase in the mass of the system s, and consequently the power consumption, so that the task of the robot operator is pulling imputing with a high-capacity batteries or fuel cans of service weapons will only pestle, and the burden
  9. rotor
    rotor 28 January 2014 15: 22
    +1
    As part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, robots performed eight different tasks.

    Pay attention to the first task - Driving a vehicle

    The purpose of this task is to test the ability of the robot to drive a vehicle along a complex winding route laid among the pillars of a car overpass. Performing this task will require the robot to be able to rotate the steering wheel, control the accelerator and the brakes of the vehicle. In addition, the robot must be able to independently get into the vehicle and leave it at the end of the trip.



    Shoigu also needs to hold a similar competition, for example, a tank biathlon with the participation of robots. wink
  10. Sirocco
    Sirocco 28 January 2014 15: 49
    -1
    There is probably no one to serve, mercenaries and contract soldiers lost their former agility, in the light of recent drug events in the US Army. This is an urgent problem, but it’s solved, you can hire the Chinese to serve, and pay them less, since the US economy in China, then the army can be recruited from the Middle Kingdom)))) But seriously, we most likely conducted an analysis, and in the near future they anticipate aggression and war, so they decided to improve the economic situation by reducing military personnel. They have serious problems with honey. by the breakdown of the military, they are throwing.
    In addition to conducting various tests, the American army is known for the ongoing unmanned campaign against the al-Qaeda terrorists and Afghan rebels, which is carried out in Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan.
    And they are also known for destroying and very often civilians with the help of these drones.
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 28 January 2014 16: 04
      0
      It’s just that even a tiny loss is unacceptable for political reasons, so replace it with robots wherever people can.
      The choice between losing 10 billion or a hundred soldiers for politicians in Washington does not raise questions, as the votes
  11. GRIGORY
    GRIGORY 28 January 2014 16: 11
    0
    Americans are getting dumber, so they need smarter robots. laughing

    The Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, an American organization, prints extracts from operating instructions and nameplates every year, indicating that Americans are stupid. Here are some data for 2003 published in the Vienna newspaper U-Express of January 20.

    - The inscription on the stroller: "Before you fold the stroller, you must remove the baby from it."

    - On a shelf with compact discs: “Never use as a ladder.”

    - In the instruction manual for the bathroom heating system: "This product should not be used in bathrooms."

    - On the packaging of 10 cm fishing hook: “Very dangerous! Do not swallow! "

    - On the packaging of toner (graphite powder) for a laser printer: "Do not use toner in food."

    - In the operating instructions for the iron: "Do not iron clothes when they are on you."

    - On a can of pepper spray (for self-defense): Caution! This spray can cause eye irritation. ”
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 28 January 2014 16: 55
      +1
      This is due to their judicial system, if there is no inscription you can sue the company.
      A particularly interesting case occurred with McDuck, when one was burned and sued millions for lack of inscription hot coffee.
  12. ko88
    ko88 28 January 2014 16: 21
    +2
    So if I’m not mistaken, they already have a huge number of these same robots in service.
  13. Internal combustion engine
    Internal combustion engine 28 January 2014 18: 31
    0
    World War II was a war of motors. The third world will be a war of robots.
  14. bask
    bask 28 January 2014 18: 58
    +1
    Oshkosh, trucks .. -drones. Already designed and tested in combat conditions of Afghanistan.
    The American corporation Oskosh reported that it had a successful test of unmanned trucks.
    With technology developed by Oshkosh TerraMax UGV, a car can move autonomously, like a robot.
  15. ViewFromUSA
    ViewFromUSA 28 January 2014 19: 34
    +1
    For some reason, all commentators missed the goal of creating robots. “According to the American General Robert Cone, by the end of 2015, the number of American brigades could be reduced from 4 to 3 thousand soldiers and officers. It is assumed that by 2019 the number of personnel of the American ground forces will be reduced to at least 450 thousand people. Currently, about 540 thousand troops are serving in the US Army. " Those. the goal of robotics is to leave 100 young people in the civilian sector.
    In Russia, there is already no one to serve in the army, and in 10-15 years, even more so, to free young people from the army and send them to the labor market is the task of any state. And with whom will the robots fight, and whether they will fight - this is the second.
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 28 January 2014 20: 15
      0
      In the US, unemployment is 7.3%, why do they need another 100 thousand unemployed?
      In Russia there is someone to serve in the army, it’s just that the prestige of the service has been so low that people are fleeing from it. And the punishment for mowing from the army is just ridiculous, I remember in the military registration and enlistment office to which I was assigned a court decision hung on the wall, so to speak for intimidation. It is reported that one carefully mowing was caught, condemned and sentenced to a fine of 5 thousand rubles. FACEPALM!
      1. de bouillon
        de bouillon 28 January 2014 20: 22
        0
        so our army is already being quietly reduced. I have not heard the last figures, but the number over the past 3 years has fallen with the "stool"
  16. Fofan
    Fofan 28 January 2014 21: 25
    +2
    if they will protect the robots as they are now, then I am already rubbing my hands in anticipation. just think of some kind of mega-raptor with a dozen tons of weapons on board immediately turns around and begins to iron the United States themselves. blunder ....

    although robots are not bad without it.
    The existing military robots are not yet trimmed with human skin, do not wear black jackets and glasses, do not speak with a deaf baritone, are not yet autonomous, but are remotely controlled by an operator. But the people who created them, and in particular the military, have already encountered a number of extremely dangerous incidents. So, in 1988, an Iranian passenger airliner was identified as a target by a robot airplane. Fighter F-14 attacked this passenger plane. As a result, 290 passengers died.

    In September 2010, the armed forces of South Africa conducted maneuvers with live firing. During the exercises, an unknown reason prompted the Swiss-German production of the Oerlikon GDF-005 automatic defense air defense gun to shoot nine soldiers with direct fire and seriously injure another fourteen ...

    The representative of the South African army, Brigadier General Quena Mangop, only said that the cause of the failure remained undetermined: "Perhaps the problem was mechanical, it led to the fact that the fully equipped gun opened uncontrolled fire, killing and mutilating people." Some other experts expressed the opinion that the computer caused the error (as in the famous blockbuster mentioned above).

    According to Helmod-Remer Heitman, an arms specialist, it will not be possible to establish the exact cause of the tragedy at all.

    During the exercises, the gun got out of control several times, and it had to be fixed manually with metal fasteners and a cable. However, at some point, the fasteners could not stand it, and the trunks began to scatter shells to the right and left. The female officer, who served on a battery, tried to stop him at the risk of her life, but the Oerlikon calmed down only by completely shooting both of his stores - a total of 500 half-kilogram shells.

    ... The American company Foster-Miller, not without a pump, announced the sending of the first Talon Swords combat robots to serve in Iraq. These modular platforms could be equipped with mine-handling arms, a bazooka or machine gun to support infantry in battle. Caterpillars and a powerful power supply provided them with high maneuverability and speed of up to 12 km / h. After one of the fighting campaigns, officer Kevin Fahi told reporters that there were several situations in which the robot behaved unpredictably - without any command from the operator, he turned the gun in his direction, moved in the wrong direction, and so on. All this forced the military to send the platform to the manufacturer to search for and eliminate a possible error.

    In Afghanistan, at one of the US air bases, "rustled" the personnel of the Apache combat helicopter, which, while in the air, flatly refused to execute commands from people. The “Tank Fighter” then flew over the base on a shaver, almost touching the roof, then it went into the sky with a candle. In the end, he fell on the gentle slope of the mountain and rolled over several times. The pilot and gunner-operator reportedly escaped with bruises. But Apache has more than 220 units of powerful electronic equipment, including backup systems, and there is manual control.

    And it’s already quite scary - in the USA in 2010 there was a computer malfunction, which almost became fatal for all mankind. A system malfunction occurred at a military air base in Wyoming, where intercontinental ballistic missiles are stored. For nearly an hour, 50 warheads were uncontrolled. And although now the US military says that there was no threat to the world's population, for some reason the president was informed about the incident only four days later. “It was a significant incident, but there was no disaster,” read the statement from the US Department of Defense.
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 29 January 2014 07: 16
      0
      The author of this copy-paste, lied about one incident.
      Iran Air-655 (IR655) is Iran Iran’s commercial passenger flight between Bandar Abbas, Iran and Dubai, UAE. July 3, 1988, an Airbus A300B2-203 flight IR655 was shot down over the Persian Gulf missile launched from the US Navy Vincennes missile cruiser. Killed 290 people, including 16 crew members, among passengers there were 66 children. During the launch of the rocket, the cruiser Vincennes was in the territorial waters of Iran.
      The US government said the Iranian plane was mistakenly identified as an Iranian Air Force F-14 fighter. The Iranian government, however, claims that Vincennes deliberately attacked a civilian plane.
      1. badger1974
        badger1974 29 January 2014 15: 21
        0
        the same thing happened in 2001 when the S-200 was in auto mode during the exercises and didn’t give a chance to the Tu-154, when they realized it would be too late to eliminate the missile after re-targeting
  17. beifall
    beifall 8 February 2014 07: 12
    -1
    Handsome men! We need to be closer to them !!!!!!!!!