Drones could be used in conjunction with human soldiers

A military contractor with a brief to 'take boots off the ground' is looking to replace soldiers with robots and cut down on casualties in one of the simplest ways imaginable - machine gun mounted drones.

In a video highlighting the military technology - which dramatically leads in with the words: "What if we told you the future is now?" - a drone is seen flying into combat zones in simulated scenarios.

Duke Robotics talks through its TIKAD machine gun mounted drone capabilities, that include "fully robotic battalions" which are "capable of identification and surgical neutralisation of hostiles" and which can be deployed where human soldiers cannot reach or "simply shouldn't have to go". 

While parts of the UK's drone programme are axed, the private sector appears to have taken over and its implications are mindblowing.

The TIKAD is a fully robotic weapon system mounted on an airborne platform. Its aim is to reduce the number of deployed troops to reduce the number of casualties.

The technology is currently being developed for combat use in conjunction with the Israeli military in testing.

Duke Drone Press Shot

It has a light machine gun mounted on a gimble which allows the drone to hover and maintain a consistent aim.

Duke has suggested its armament could be swapped out depending on the situation to heavier bullet calibres or even a grenade launcher.

Drones could be used in conjunction with human soldiers

Duke has engaged in an online publicity drive that welcomes investors - an unusual move for military tech.

The product appears to be at the design stage at present and it is not clear as yet how the military hardware would work in the combat field or how it might be adapted to work with military warfare strategy.

However, the initial design gives an insight into how military equipment is evolving with developments in technology and design such as drone technology and how this might shape the outlook of future military tactics.

 

Duke Drone Press Shot

This latest drone concept comes in a long line of drone-based military designs.

Missile-carrying drones have been around for some time, carrying out precision strikes from the air.

But arming small drones with sniper-like capability is still in the early stages of testing and development.

Questions remain over the use of UAV technology in military environments with ongoing arguments between current UAV technology and the deployment of troops in the field.

Drone against the sunset

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