$200,000 robot scans terrain, locates humans and shoots them from up to 2 miles away with full automation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

For less than the price of a home in many parts of the U.S., a South Korean company is developing a deadly robot that will come with an array of weapons and a two-mile range.

A subsidiary of the Samsung Group is developing what is essentially a robot sentry called the “SGR-A1.” As reported by UberGizmo, “this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally — as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border… with its neighbor, North Korea.”

The sentry will be capable of detecting intruders with the help of machine vision, more commonly known as video cameras, in addition to a host of biometric heat and motion sensors.

The idea behind the SGR-A1 is to deploy the robot in place of human sentries all over the demilitarized zone, to reduce the potential for casualties in the South Korean military should war break out again with its nuclear-armed northern neighbor.

The development project was first announced in 2006, UberGizmo reported, and it is likely that, while improvements have been made, many of the robot’s capabilities are likely to remain classified. Each unit costs around $200,000, is all-weather, sports a 5.56-caliber machine gun (the same round used by the U.S. and NATO), and comes with an optional grenade launcher.


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