The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has inducted tiny missile-loading ground robots that are armed with a machine gun.
“The small robots can traverse complicated terrains, accurately observe battlefield situations and provide ferocious firepower,” the PLA Eastern Theater Command posted on its Sina Weibo microblogging account on Monday.
The thigh-high robot that looks like a small assault vehicle, can move quickly and even climb stairs. It is equipped with night vision devices and other observation and detection equipment, according to a CCTV report.
The PLA Rocket Force is also receiving a large, crane-like robot that can be used in lifting and loading missiles onto transporter erector launchers. “It enables more missiles to be launched from the same launcher within short intervals. A conventional crane is less steady and requires human assistance when loading missiles, but the robot solves this problem,” CCTV reported Sunday.