James Cameron might actually be the oracle, as the United States military prepares to employ their own version of The Terminator: a fully robotic death machine known as the Modular Advanced Armed Robotics System (MAARS) may be on its way to a battlefield near you, ISIS.
From Business Insider:
Just last week, infantry Marines from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines were taking the robot out on training patrols at Camp Pendleton. Later this month, they’ll head to the Marines’ desert training site at 29 Palms, California to fire off plenty of live rounds.
If it were actually fielded, MAARS would complement the 12-person infantry squad that typically carries small arms, offering up a tracked vehicle that can zone in on targets with a mounted M240B machine gun firing 7.62mm NATO rounds.
It can carry about 400 rounds, or it can be reconfigured to tote a 40mm grenade launcher instead. The Qinetiq-built robot only hits 7 mph for a top speed (which is fast enough for troops who are walking alongside it) and can run for 8 to 12 hours.
With a larger version featuring an absurd rate of fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute, Marines are able to control the heavy armored devices remotely, with average speeds up to 7 mph.
Like any worthwhile 10 figure purchase, where MAARS truly excels is in its versatility, with the capabilities to decimate enemies with not only an ocean of machine gun rounds, but also a grenade launcher. The larger version, slightly delayed in its production, will be able to utilize both simultaneously, creating a fireworks show of patriotic supremacy on the soon-to-be barren battle fields.
With live testing slated to begin before the New Year, it is thought that both versions of MAARS may be available for active use as early as mid-2017. Frankly, anything that keeps our men and women out of harm’s way and inflicts pain on terrorism sounds like a damn good investment to me.
Suck it, terrorism..
[via Business Insider]
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