Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to create “intelligent” weapons such as robot tanks so that they can be deployed as a part of the re-equipment of Russian military forces, Russia’s Prime Minister warned.
Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says Russia is getting ready for a high-tech military.
“Much has been done, we have made major technological progress,” he told Russian News Agency TASS, admitting that Russia’s Soviet-era equipment was obsolete. “But everything that has been made was designed in the Soviet era. I can feel it in my bones that we won’t be able to advance using only innovations of the past.”
“Even the Syrian campaign has shown that the future belongs to robotics and unmanned aircraft,” Rogozin added.
Rogozin told students at a meeting in Tomsk, Siberia that Russia is such a large country that they do not have the population to patrol all of it.
“We are moving towards intelligent weapons because we need them,” Rogozin said.
This announcement comes just a few weeks after Russia’s aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, made its way into the English channel on the way to Syria.
Among some of the new weapons Russia has showed off is a robotic caterpillar that can carry equipment 300kg. It can also travel at speeds of up to 17 miles per hour.
The MCP-300 is being evaluated by the Ministry of Defence Robitics works.
Putin and Rogozin were both snapped in a picture of the two inspecting a new artificially-intelligent robot named Avatar, which is being developed by scientists for military use.