Science Fiction, meet Science Fact!
Meet Mantis the Robot created by British company Micro Magic Systems.
This two metric ton hydraulic robot took four years to design and build. Powered by a 2.2 Liter Turbo Diesel engine, Mantis can be operated via onboard pilot or remote control via Wi-Fi.
This miracle of robotic design has a 5 meter working area and when all the feet are planted exerts less force per leg than a human being.
As you can see robot design is radically advancing. Apparently the design was inspired by the Star Wars AT-AT walker. Kind of makes you wonder what military battlefields are going to look like in 50 years…
For more information check out their webpage MantisRobot.com.
Suicide VBIED or Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device have been a favorite weapon of terrorists for decades. Since the first VBIED used against the American barracks in Lebanon in 1983 to the 9/11 attacks, terrorists have been looking for new ways to use vehicles to spread terror.
It now looks like they are now turning to remote control.
The captured video above from NavySeals.com shows a new weapon in the terrorist’s arsenal, the remote control VBIED. (Note: As there is no translation to the video above, I am not certain of its contents.)
As we have seen from headline news, vehicles packed with explosives can be very deadly.
See the ATF VBIED blast damage chart below:
Adding remote control capabilities to these weapons is very concerning. There are jamming devices that block IED signals, and the military already has several tactics and procedures to deal with VBIEDs.
But hopefully the DHS and military will take this discovered threat seriously and work to create additional ways to defeat them.