Russian Military Joins Race to Engineer Killer Robots

A Russian general, Oleg Ostapenko, told reporters on Wednesday that the Russian military will soon unveil a new generation of robotic combat vehicles.

“It’s a unique robotic vehicle,” Ostapenko said, “capable of performing a wide range of combat tasks, primarily including minesweeping and, in the future, direct involvement in combat action on the battlefield.”

Ostapenko also announced that Russia’s Military Robotics Center would be completed in 2014. “We have already selected core personnel and set up several research labs as part of the center,” he said.

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