Russia have deployed fully autonomous armed robots to battle ISIS militants in Syria, and according to Russian military officials – the robots are winning.
The robots have been primarily deployed to lead the offensive for the recovery of Aleppo, with its population of 1 million people relying on the robots to ward off terrorists.
Heralding a revolution in modern warfare, the Russians are fielding two kinds of robots – the Platform-M combat robot and the Argo Mobility Platform, both heavily armored and capable of functioning day or night in a variety of battlefield conditions.
Platform-M gathers intelligence, uncovers fixed and moving targets and destroys them. It also provides firepower support for forces on the move and secures military installations or routes traveled by the army. Platform-M is armed with semiautomatic or automatic control firing systems.for destroying enemy targets But extra fire power can be mounted on the system as required.
Another robot, the Argo, is designed for rough-country operations, especially on mountainous or rocky terrain. In recent battles, Syrian rebels were startled to find themselves under sudden heavy fire from the unmanned Russian robots.
“Argo” is designed to conduct reconnaissance and offer support fire for landings. The weapons system was created for the destruction of equipment and manpower. In addition, the ATV can be used for delivery.
“Argo” weighs about 1 ton. The machine’s length is 3.4 m, width — 1.85 m, height — 1.65 m. On the ground it has a top speed of 20 km/h, on water — 4.6 km/h. “Argo” may work more than 20 hours continuously. The combat robotic system is armed with a 7.62-mm tank machine gun, three grenades RPG-26, grenade launchers two RShG-2.
Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov recently spoke of a plan to “completely automate the battle in Syria.” He added, “Perhaps soon we will witness robotic groups independently conducting warfare.” Our military sources comment that this vision is overly futuristic. No totally robotic battlefield exists anywhere in the world today outside sci-fi cinema . . . yet.