REX MKII: Armed Robot:
Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot ‘REX MKII’, which can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire.
- The use of robots in the war involves dealing with ethical dilemmas.
- The proponents say that such semi-autonomous machines allow armies to protect their soldiers, while critics fear this marks another dangerous step toward robots making life-or-death decisions.
About the REX MKII:
- The robot can gather intelligence for ground troops, carry injured soldiers and supplies in and out of battle, and strike nearby targets.
- The Israeli military is currently using a smaller but similar vehicle called the Jaguar to patrol the border with the Gaza Strip.
Unmanned ground vehicles are being increasingly used by other armies, including those of the United States, Britain and Russia.
- Their tasks include logistical support, the removal of mines and firing weapons.
- An alternative Smart Wall has been proposed to replace the physical and armed patrolling with advanced surveillance technology at the USA-Mexico border.