Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Breaking News
Russian Robot Soldiers and Drone Swarms: Science Fact or Fiction? Meet FEDOR, Vikhr (‘Whirlwind’) and Smerch!

Russian Robot Soldiers and Drone Swarms: Science Fact or Fiction? Meet FEDOR, Vikhr (‘Whirlwind’) and Smerch!

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
or copy the link
Print Friendly

By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com

April 19, 2017
Last updated on 4/20/17.

Russian robotic military tech has been getting a lot of media hype lately with discussion of gun-launched “drone swarms” and armed/weaponized humanoid “Terminator”-type (Terminatorsky?) robots, but how much of this is pure Russian government-controlled media hype and bluster, and how much is real and possible? DefenseReview (DR) has no idea, but whatever the case, the US military has to assume the worst, and act accordingly–and we have to assume the Russians might team up with China versus the United States and our NATO allies. Imagine intelligent armed/weaponized Chinese and Russian recon/combat drone swarms working in concert with armed/weaponized humanoid robot swarms and armed/weaponized robotic vehicle swarms on the ground in a full-on nation-state WWIII level war against a Sino-Russian military alliance. It’s a scary prospect, and one we must be adequately prepared for.

On the humanoid Russian Robot (or robotic Ivan, if you will) front, the Russian F.E.D.O.R. robotic/droid platform, currently scheduled for space flight in 2021, reportedly recently went gangsta at a firing range, firing what appear to be a pair of Glock 17 (G17) pistols (one in each robotic hand) outfitted with laser/light/(camera?) modules, and his Rusky designers/engineers are developing FEDOR’s fine motor skills and and “decision algorithms” so it can instantly prioritize and engage targets. These reports are backed up by video (see below), which also shows a Russian weaponized robotic ground vehicle called Vikhr (“Whirlwind” in English) and its companion quadcopter UAS/UAV/drone aircraft in action.

On the ballistically-launched, or gun-launched, front, the Russians are reportedly developing two systems. The first is a handheld grenade-launcher-type recon (reconnaissance) drone launcher within 5 seconds to three minutes, depending on the amount of time it takes to prepare a proper flight program. The second is the Smerch multiple launch rocket system, where drones would be launched inside Smerch missile warheads. However, since the aforementioned Vikhr system is armed with a 30mm cannon and rockets/missiles, and it would seem logical that drones could eventually be launched from it.

Defense Review will keep monitoring this technology. In the meantime, we hope the U.S. military industrial complex (USMIC) is developing an effective counter to it, and hopefully one that works a lot better than Skynet. Oh, wait a second, apparently the USMIC IS indeed working on it, and Stars and Stripes just published a piece on it. It’s called the Mobile High Energy Laser (MHEL), and oh, yeah, we’ve (DR) reported on LAWS (Raytheon Laser Weapon System), its larger naval/marine cousin. We’ve also reported on the Boeing ATL (Advanced Tactical Laser), which we’d like to see the U.S. military use on enemy targets. We’re curious about its combat effectiveness, including its psychological effect on the enemy. Anyway, welcome to the future. It’s lookin’ pretty bright…and hot.

© Copyright 2017 DefenseReview.com (DR). All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without receiving permission and providing proper credit and appropriate links. If you are reading this article anywhere other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you.

Related Articles

Rise of the Robot Soldier and Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT): ‘Terminator’-Like Artificially-Intelligent (AI) Cybersoldiers and Drone and Boat Swarms to Augment Infantry Warfighters with Total, Multi-Perspective 3D Battlefield Awareness, or just Kill all of Us?

Will AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Super-Intelligent Robot Soldiers Save Us, or Kill Us?

Russian Ratnik-3 (Warrior-3) Infantry Combat System with Exoskeleton to Turn Future Russian Military Infantry Soldier/Warfighters into ‘Supermen’? Let’s Hope Not.

Russian RS-28 Sarmat Satan 2 ‘Super-Nuke’ and ‘object 4202’ Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV): Russia Getting Ready for for World War III (WWIII)?

US Navy Approves Raytheon Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Shipborne Laser for Ship Defense in Persian Gulf after Successful Testing

Shipborne Raytheon Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Shoots Down Four Drone Aircraft over the Water in U.S. Navy Test (Video!): Can it Protect our Aircraft Carriers from the Latest Above-Water Threats?

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Solid-State Infrared (IR) Shipborne Laser Goes Operational, Shoots Down Target Drone

U.S. Air Force Seeking Laser Weapons for Fighter Aircraft: Air-to-Air Combat Laser Cannon Cometh?

Lockheed Martin Develops Compact, Lightweight, High-Energy 30-Kilowatt Portable Electric Fiber Laser Weapon System for Fighter Aircraft: Spectral Beam Combining (SBC) Combines Multiple Lasers into Single Beam for Maximum Power

Lasing Skulls in the Digital Age: Tactical Laser Weapons Finally Maturing for Future Warfare Applications: Meet the Boeing ATL (Advanced Tactical Laser) Airborne Laser Weapon

Korean Method-2 Giant Manned Bipedal Robot (GMBR) Exo-Bionic Exoskeleton for Future Warfare: Future Soldier/Warfighter Going ‘Avatar’-Style with Armored, Armed/Weaponized and Camouflaged Variant?

DryWired Defense NanoArmor Advanced Rifle Plates with Carbon Nanotube Technology: Anti-Rifle Ballistic Hard Armor (Nanocomposite Armor) with ‘Almost No Backface Deformation Signature’! (Video!)

Will TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit)-Outfitted Future Soldiers Get Lightweight Abalone Shell-Based Flexible Scalar Biomimetic Metal Foam, Carbyne (Linear Acetylenic Carbon) and/or Multilayer Graphene Ballistic Armor Composites?

Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) + FlyBoard Air Ducted-Fan Hoverboard = Flying Super Soldiers: Future Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) Assaulters/Operators to Fly Themselves to the Target in Exo-Armor ‘Iron Man’-Type Combat Suits?

B-TEMIA/Revision Military Prowler Human Augmentation System (HAS): Combat Exoskeleton Makes the Future Soldier Stronger, Faster, Better

Lockheed Martin HULC (Human Universal Load Carrier) Anthropomorphic Robotic Exoskeleton for Future Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warfare at SOFIC 2012 (Video!)

Super Soldiers of the Future: Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX).

Spinel Transparent Aluminum Armor (Body/Facial Armor and Vehicle Armor) and Optics for Future Soldiers/Warfighters!

Prox Dynamics PD-100 BLACK HORNET PRS (Personal Reconnaissance System) Micro Helicopter Drone: Palm-Sized ‘Nano UAS’ Provides Cargo Pocket ISR Capability for Infantry Recon Ops! (Video!)

New Laser Weapons Coming to a Drone Near You: General Atomics Predator-C Avenger Getting 150-Kilowatt Laser Weapon, and Rheinmetall Defence Developing 80-Kilowatt Gatling Laser!

FLIR Systems/DJI Zenmuse XT Stabilized and Gimbaled Thermal/IR (Infrared) Camera Going on DJI Inspire 1 and Matrice M100 Quadcopter/Quadrotor Mini-UAS/UAV/Drone Aircraft Platforms for Security and Surveillance Operations: Sees Through Smoke and Fog!

Chinese Develop New ‘Ultra-Thin’, Lightweight ‘Tunable’ UHF Microwave Radar-Absorbing Stealth Material Cloaking Technology for Manned and Unmanned Combat Aircraft and Warships

New ‘Illusion Coating’ Adaptive Camouflage/Cloaking Tech Makes its Debut

Chinese Military Developing ‘Invisibility Cloak’: Multispectral Adaptive Camouflage/Visual Cloaking Technology for Future Chinese Fighter Aircraft and Vehicles and Future Warfare?

DR Exclusive Interview!: HyperStealth Quantum Stealth (QS) Light-Bending Passive Adaptive Camouflage (Camo)/Visual Cloaking Technology for the 21st Century Future Soldier/Warfighter: Beyond SMARTCAMO Color-Changing Hybrid Camouflage, Beyond Fictional Alien Predator’s Active Electro-Optical Camouflage/Invisibility Cloaking Tech!

Northrop Grumman TouchTable + Zebra Imaging 3D Digital Holographic (Digital Hologram) Technology + Interactive Wall Tech = Better Warfare Ops

Russian Robot Soldiers and Drone Swarms: Science Fact or Fiction? Meet FEDOR, Vikhr (‘Whirlwind’) and Smerch! by
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
or copy the link

About David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.