BAE Systems' Semi-autonomous Black Knight Armored Combat Vehicle
November 8, 2007 11:54 AM
comment(s) - last by
BAE Systems Black Knight
(Source: Defense Update)
BAE Systems' Black Knight is a formidable weapon for the battlefield
In early October,
brought you the story of
(Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System). The MAARS followed in the footsteps of previous battlefield robots like the
The 300-pound MAARS, on the other hand, brought serious firepower and technology to the table. The MAARS features a M240B Medium Machine Gun and uses GPS tracking to reduce the risk of friendly fire.
While the MAARS is an impressive piece of machinery, BAE Systems is taking battlefield robots to the next level with its
. The Black Knight is a semi-autonomous 9.5 ton tank based on the Bradley fighting vehicle.
The Black Knight can be controlled from the traditional commander's station or by remote control via the Dismounted Control Device (DCD). Due to its advanced programming, the Black Knight can also autonomously plan routes and avoid obstacles without user intervention.
When it comes to the Black Knights armament, human intervention is required to fire rounds (thankfully). Considering that the Black Knight is armed with a 30mm gun and a coaxial machine gun, it's good to know that this tank won't be rolling around firing at anything that moves.
BAE Systems detailed how admirably the Black Knight performed during a demonstration in early 2007.
"While the Bradley Technology Demonstrator was engaging an enemy target from cover in a support by fire position, the Black Knight was able to autonomously move to a covered position and observe the target, using its sensor package to provide battle damage assessment data back to the Bradley," explained BAE Systems.
"If the enemy target needed to be re-engaged, the Black Knight could effectively neutralize the target, but the command to fire would always be made by a remote Soldier and only after the data necessary to make positive identification is received."
It may be years before such potent machinery is available for use on actual battlefields, however.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Playing with fire
11/8/2007 2:56:39 PM
I disagree wholeheartedly. In case you haven't noticed, no two major powers have fought anything other then satellite wars since WW2. In fact, I'd hazard to guess that we more then likely won't see another major power war for quite some time. (Economic collapse, or threat thereof being the only thing possibly dragging a certain missile shield toting Hegemon into one.)
So in essence, eventually the US / EU / Russia / China, won't have to worry about a Mogadishu line scenario if sacking a small state. However, said small state will have to fight humans to robots, much like they do currently in the suicide bomber vs smart bomb era of asymmetrical warfare.
Also, its a damn fine way to make sure that every goddamn satellite you own in the sky is taken down. Considering technology proliferation, It would not surprise me if states subject to such attacks simply started popping satellites. Considering that other states will want to counter such remote attacks as they are not stupid and realize just what lack of body bags can do to embolden a democracy (sane or not) in terms of warfare.
So again, I wholeheartedly disagree. The nations fielding such tech more then likely will not fight each other as they have no economic incentive to do so, and the conceivable powers that might achieve such a level of automation already possess the very powerful nuclear deterrent.
In essence, they will be used on small states, in small wars, that never seem to turn out right for any of the major powers. (Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanastan1, Afghanastan2, etc) Considering how bad the Major powers are at fighting Asymmetrical wars in person, I doubt their abilities to do so at range will be any better. Furthermore, bots don't win hearts and minds, much the same as carpet bombing B52's don't either.
RE: Playing with fire
11/9/2007 12:54:13 AM
If we don't develop this technology, someone else will beat us to it and we'll find ourselves at a comparative disadvantage.
Even if we say we're not developing new military technologies they might not believe us. Regardless, who wouldn't like to seize the upper hand? You get buffer states, security, a nice place in the world hierarchy, etc.
When are wars more likely? When one side will utterly crush the other, or when the two are evenly matched? Countries are rational and when it's obvious they'll lose, they won't go to war. If one thinks it has a fighting chance, then, well... you know what might happen.
I hope the US never loses it's dominance in my lifetime, if only to avoid seeing a hegemonic war. Hegemonic wars are the BIG wars. They reorder the hierarchy of nations and occur when a hegemon loses power. If/when the US loses hegemonic power, it'll be a brutal struggle, on the order of World Wars I or II.
To avoid seeing such a war, a realistic pacifist ought to be in favor of keeping our armed forces so strong nobody will challenge us. It's not merely a matter of patriotism, not ideology, not arrogance that drives this, but rational, logical decision making.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
New Battlefield Robots Reduce Risk of Friendly-Fire Incidents
October 9, 2007, 1:21 PM
New Army Robots Lug Machine Guns to Iraqi Battlefield
August 3, 2007, 10:17 AM
iRobot and Boeing Work on Next-gen Reconnaissance Robot
April 24, 2007, 11:04 AM
Creationists are Mad About Google Doodle Depicting Evolution
November 24, 2015, 8:48 PM
DHS and TSA: Whoops, We Missed That 73 Airport Employees May be Terrorists
November 19, 2015, 2:16 PM
Star Wars Spinoff Film "Rogue One", Theme Park Attractions Announced
August 17, 2015, 12:20 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9's Seventh Supply Mission to ISS Ends w/ Fiery Stage 1 Explosion
June 28, 2015, 1:10 PM
Cool Science Video: Glowing Millipede Prowls the Nevada Desert
May 18, 2015, 12:00 PM
Newly Discovered Costa Rican Glass Frog is Kermit's Doppelgänger
April 22, 2015, 11:26 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information