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The paper reveals that from as early as 1849, unmanned weaponry has been used as a means to attack the opposition without risking loss of life. The paper discusses how in combat zones such as Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, remote-controlled drones have been used for reconnaissance missions, weapon delivery, mine clearing, enemy engagement, IUD detection, and more. The paper specifically describes the TALON amphibious robot, the Mini-Flail remote-controlled robot, the Panther series of robots, the Packbot Tactical robot and the MATILDA robot. The paper concludes that as technology continues to develop, current robots offer a glimpse into the future of battle.
From the Paper:"Unmanned weaponry began with the Austrian Habsburg Empire of the late 1840s (History Channel, 2010). In military operations, it released balloons armed with bombs with timed fuses into the wind to destroy their enemy (History Channel, 2010). In 1898, Nikola Tesla unveiled one of his most notable inventions--the first remote control boat (History Channel, 2010). While he held that his boat was not intended for military use, his biography reports he had been in correspondence, at the time, with the US Navy (History Channel, 2010). In World War II, the Germans used "The Goliath," to clear mines and bunkers and detonate mines by remote control (History Channel, 2010). Starting in the 1930s--and continuing to this day--has been the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by the US Navy and Air Force to act as target drones and perform reconnaissance (History Channel, 2010). By the mid 1960s, the US Military had developed a UAV--the Compass Arrow--that had a wingspan of 48 feet and carried a payload of over 300 pounds (History Channel, 2010). In the Gulf War, the US Army began using the Robotic Ranger, an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed as an armed moving platform (History Channel, 2010). By 2002, the first UAV dogfight had occurred over Iraq (History Channel, 2010)."
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- Global Security.org. (2010). TALON Small Mobile Robot. Retrieved from Global Security website: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/talon.htm
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Military Robots (2013, January 11) Retrieved July 15, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/military-robots-152190/
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