Vladimir Putin’s top military scientists have been working on a new robot humanoid battle tank that has been named “The Specialist”.
The vehicle will move on tank tracks but sitting atop its bulk is a humanoid torso with arms and hands and a head that has two cameras for eyes.
The military creation sounds very similar to the “Hunter Killer” tank which roams the futuristic wastelands in The Terminator franchise.
Plans for the 1.8 ton tank were revealed by the Defense Ministry’s Central Scientific-Research Test Centre for Robotics.
The Specialist is 5 metres long, 2 metres tall and has a full 360 degree field of view.
It is all terrain and is supposedly undergoing secret tests in the depths of Southern Russian.
Russia has already been developing a robotic tank called the Uran-9 and at its launch Boris Simakin, head of Rosoboronexport, said that Russian developers “possess all of the required competencies to create modern military robotics”.
The robot tank is designed to be a support vehicle that is used for defusing unexploded mines, performing repairs on large vehicles and even carrying the wounded from the battlefield, also giving it the role of a giant medic.
Reportedly the tank can measure a soldier’s temperature, blood pressure and pulse and then feed the data back to commanders who will decide whether the trooper is fit to fight.
A Defense ministry spokesman said:
“It has successfully passed a series of field tests at an ordnance range in southern Russia, and is already being used there in life-threatening situations.“
Across the world it seems that all nations are developing new futuristic weapons as they prepare for looming global conflict.
Source: Daily Star