Army to Usher in Dronebot Era in 2018

Write : 2017-12-05 15:06:07 Update : 2017-12-05 15:21:12

Army to Usher in Dronebot Era in 2018

Anchor: The Army is planning to create a combat team next year mobilizing dronebots. Dronebots are semi-autonomous, auxiliary robot units that can be highly optimized for various tasks.
Our Bae Joo-yon has the details.
Report: The Army is planning to establish a combat team using dronebots next year and operate it as a game changer in warfare.
Dronebot is a combination of the words “drone” and “robot.”
An Army official said Tuesday that the envisioned combat team will mobilize reconnaissance drones to monitor and collect data on key targets in North Korea, including its leadership and nuclear facilities, and use combat drones in swarms to hit such targets in the event of contingency.
The official said the dronebot combat team will be capable of breaking the enemy’s will to carry out combat operations while minimizing casualties among allied forces.
The official said the Army will also set up a drone education center in its intelligence school to foster agents who will operate the dronebot team.
The Army has been studying ways to disable enemy military power and vehicles as well as hit key targets from a long distance using swarms of drones.
The military began researching early this year ways to operate small-sized drones each carrying high-explosive bombs weighing around one kilogram to simultaneously hit a target.
Earlier in January, the U.S. had announced that three of its F-18 fighter jets successfully carried out operations by releasing a swarm of Perdix micro drones, 16 centimeters in length, during a Naval Air Systems Command’s demonstration held in California.
China and Russia are also said to be preparing to apply such swarm drone technology in combat operations.
South Korea’s military believes that the Coyote drone, which the U.S. successfully tested in 2015, would be sufficient to carry out South Korea’s military operations. The Coyote can travel up to one-and-a-half hours and has a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. It can carry objects weighing up to one kilogram. 
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.

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