OSLO, ($1=9.05 Norwegian Krones) – The Norwegian company Nammo has developed the concept for a new remote-controlled anti-tank weapon system, consisting of a light anti-tank weapon M72 LAW mounted on a drone, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Nammo statement and Defense Express. The company offers “flexible and powerful anti-tank weapons that can be controlled remotely”
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Light grenade launcher M-72 is a disposable 66-mm anti-tank weapon, which is effective against armored vehicles, enemy manpower, light fortified equipment, and more.
Most variants of this weapon have a maximum effective range of about 350 meters, while the new concept – the installation of a grenade launcher on a drone – opens up new possibilities for this system.
Yes, the operator can fire from a safe area and attack heavier armored vehicles from above to the main battle tanks.
Drone attacked soldier without permission
What we feared with such advanced military technology in the field of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence is already a fact – an unmanned aerial vehicle pursued a man as a target, without direct command or command from man, as we reported on May 31 this year. The information is from a UN report to which New Scientist has access.
A year ago in Libya, the “incident” took place when a severe military conflict lasted several months between pro-government Libyan troops and forces of the Libyan National Army, led by General Khalifa Haftar. According to the UN report, the helicopter is KARGU-2 – Turkish production.
This drone, in addition to surveillance, also plays the role of a kamikaze drone. This role is precisely one it played during the incident, attacking a Haftar soldier without direct command. According to Business Insider, the soldier tried to retreat and prevent the attack.
According to the UN report, there was no need for a human controller because, at the time of the attack, the drone was in the so-called highly efficient autonomous mode, implying artificial intelligence. A similar comment was published in the American edition of the New York Post.
“Deadly autonomous weapons systems are programmed to attack targets without requiring a link between the operator and the ammunition: a real ‘shoot, forget and find’ capability,” said a report by the UN Security Council’s Expert Group in Libya.
The “incident” last year was perhaps the first known incident in human history until a machine decided to attack a person on its own without being instructed to do so. According to Zak Kellenborn, a national security consultant in the United States and closely specializes in developing and producing unmanned aerial vehicles, and the investigators wrote this in the UN report.
This incident worried Kellenborn because it showed that the autonomous system was fragile and portended a lousy future. Jack Watling has precisely the same opinion but adds that the world needs a quick decision to regulate these weapon systems. Watling is a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Human Rights Watch has called for an end to so-called “killer robots” and is campaigning for a “preventive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons,” according to a charity report.
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