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BAE Systems Black Knight   (Source: Defense Update)
BAE Systems' Black Knight is a formidable weapon for the battlefield

In early October, DailyTech brought you the story of Foster-Miller's MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System). The MAARS followed in the footsteps of previous battlefield robots like the REDOWL PakBot and the SUGV Early.

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 Black Knight. 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.


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The Black Knight always wins!
By FrankM on 11/8/2007 5:29:16 PM , Rating: 3
BLACK KNIGHT: - None shall pass.
ARTHUR: - I have no quarrel with you, good Sir Knight, but I must cross this bridge.
- Then you shall die.
- I command you, as King of the Britons, to stand aside!
- I move for no man.
- So be it!
Aaah!, hiyaah!, etc.
[ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's left arm off]
- Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
- 'Tis but a scratch.
- A scratch? Your arm's off!
- No, it isn't.
- Well, what's that, then?
- I've had worse.
- You liar!
- Come on, you pansy!
[clang]
Aaaaaaaah!
[ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's right arm off]
- Victory is mine!
[kneeling]
We thank Thee Lord, that in Thy mer--
- Hah!
[kick]
Come on, then.
- What?
- Have at you!
[kick]
- Eh. You are indeed brave, Sir Knight, but the fight is mine.
- Oh, had enough, eh?
- Look, you stupid bastard. You've got no arms left.
- Yes, I have.
- Look!
- Just a flesh wound.
[kick]
- Look, stop that.
- Chicken!
[kick]
Chickennn!
- Look, I'll have your leg.
[kick]
Right!
[ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's right leg off]
- Right. I'll do you for that!
- You'll what?
- Come here!
- What are you going to do, bleed on me?
- I'm invincible!
- You're a looney.
- The Black Knight always triumphs! Have at you! Come on, then.
[ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's last leg off]
- Oh? All right, we'll call it a draw.
- Come, Patsy.
- Oh. Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!

(sorry for the long post) :D
Text from The Holy Grail by Monty Python, for those who don't know it (are there any? Go and get it, now).




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