US military lacks drones

The latest report from the Hudson Institute of the US think tank shows that with the advancement of China’s military modernization, the consequences of the lack of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft by the US military will become increasingly serious.

The report said that the current US military relies mainly on satellites, manned aircraft and other platforms to obtain intelligence. However, with the improvement of China’s anti-satellite and “regional refusal” capabilities, the ability of the US military to obtain information on the PLA’s battlefield is severely weakened and will rely more on Unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. According to the report, unless the US Navy purchases additional drones, even if the modified version of the 68 Global Hawk drones is planned, it will not guarantee full coverage of the first island chain.

The Russian version of the “Terminator” robot is coming soon. The Russian News Agency said on the 23rd that 2025 years ago, Russia will set up a multi-functional robotic force capable of completing combat missions. According to sources in the Russian anti-industrial complex, these robots can achieve maximum automatic control, and rarely require manual intervention to basically complete battlefield operations. Russian President Vladimir Putin also stressed that in the future, the Russian military will vigorously develop advanced weapons and equipment such as robots.

Russia’s new agency said that Russia will determine the road map plan for the formation of combat robots in 2020, and is ready to complete a series of tasks related to scientific research, experimental design and formation of combat robots by 2025, and then integrate combat robots into Russia. The military’s existing automated command system. At present, the Russian military’s planned robotic force is a small squad consisting of five robots, each of which has a high degree of independence and can perform its own special tasks.

The current research and development work of Russian military combat robots is being carried out on the latest “pointing” experimental platform (above). The platform was first unveiled at the Magnitogorsk Robotics System and Complex Test Site in October this year. According to the report, at least five people behind the Russian military robots were required to provide various services. Now, five robots require one operator. The operators only need to connect the robot power supply, and they will perform combat missions.

Russian military sources said: “The future of these robots will face their own kind. We believe that these robots will fight with the robots. The value of robots is to replace people and have the ability to transcend humans.” Unlike the West repeatedly entangled The ethical issue of killing robots, the development of robots capable of independently completing combat missions has always been the direction of the Russian military and R&D institutions. Earlier, the Russian military had sent some of the combat robots developed to the Syrian battlefield for practical testing.

Russia’s “Viewpoint” said on the 24th that one of the problems in the development of Russian military robotics is the lack of uniform standards for the use of robots. Putin said at the Russian Federal Security Conference on the 22nd: “In the next decade, the Russian defense industry needs to further strengthen its technology and talent reserves. UAVs for reconnaissance and attack, laser weapons and supersonic weapons, weapons based on new technology principles, The product line of robot systems that can perform various tasks on the battlefield should be expanded.” Vladimir Dmitriev, general manager of the Russian Kalashnikov company, also said that although it does not look like in the movie The humanoid combat robot is more like a small combat vehicle, but the Russian “Uranus-9” combat robot will soon be equipped with the Russian army, and has completed the production of the first batch of products. The 12-tonne robot is equipped with anti-tank missiles, rocket launchers, 30mm 2A72 rapid-fire guns and 7.62mm automatic machine guns. In contrast, the “pointing” robot platform emphasizes modular development more than “Uranus-9”.