Skip to comments.This Massive Robot Could Soon Join Marines on the Battlefield
Posted on 11/24/2013 7:22:48 AM PST by Star Traveler
The future doesn't always arrive with a gasp and a boom like Skynet inTerminator. No, sometimes it's more like Office Space.
At least that's the idea I get watching this video of the Marines' testing the Legged Squad Support System. DARPA built the LS3 to act as an autonomous pack horse that "can carry 400 lbs of a squads load, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way, similar to a trained animal and its handler."
And yet, in the hands of real Marines, it sounds like they're testing a new network printer out, or maybe putting the office fob system through its paces.
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Or will it go Cylon on our Marines?
I wonder what the Robot-to-mule cost ratio is?
Seems to me that horses or mules might make more sense in some circumstances.
Maybe they can program it to sing out marching Jodies while on the move.
Mules are robust - yes they smell but are much quieter than those headless robots. And if you get stuck you can eat them. Those robots are yukky.
And what does it do when there is a mud hole? Sink!
Yeah, like in the current circumstance where the US is broke and can’t afford a 2 million dollar device to do a job 10% better than a $20 mule. :)
until they learn to make these types of things silent — no combat unit is going to want one along.
My questions...how many Marines will be taken out of the fight to maintain and service these, and who's going to pack and resupply the fuel? It looks like it has a gasoline engine, and the walking motion has to be far less fuel efficient than wheels...
...once you add in the logistics chain for fuel, spare parts, and maintenance, I question how much of a gain this really would be over an actual pack mule that can pretty much graze its own fuel in many operating environments.
Oh, that one was bad. Very bad.....in a very good sort of way.
............would have got a lot more Nam Vets killed because patrols demanded absolute silence, in some cases hand signals. Plus, it could not have made it through the jungles.
I’n Afghanistan too, I think “silence” and “stealth” are much in demand. I’m no expert. Maybe we have a vet with some combat experience that is?
I really have to LOL at the locations of the tear gas outlets and the engine exhaust....
You are all forgetting the most important questions.
What’s their carbon footprint?
Are they “green”? (I don’t mean olive drab, either.)
Can they use fryer grease to operate?
Were any spotted owls or darter snails killed in the construction of these things.
Have they “chosen” a gender for themselves?
Is there any chance they will become “self-aware” and, heaven forbid, begin having religious stirrings deep within?
Are they eligible for family or maternity leave?
Will they retire and automatically become a “person of interest” to the Overlords?
Exactly my thought.
Why spend a couple hundred dollars on a real mule when the government can spend a million for a fake mule?
I’d go with mules as well.
My grandfather used mules to pull logs for his mills.
I’m used to them and they are easy to work.
That robot thing is pretty creepy!
how about a name?
I remember seeing movies of Merrill’s Marauders trekking through the jungles, swamps and over mountains in Burma.
The things the mules and men had to contend with would short out that robot mule in a heartbeat.
I think a big problem with these things is going to be noise.
The increased dependence on electronics in warfare will mean that forces reliant on these will make themselves vulnerable to electronic hijack by competent militaries like that of China’s, turning the machines into destroying its own side.
Or if you prefer her OTHER Robot form that is fine too
China little Electronic Back Door so to speak.
So...this solves the problem of women in combat not having enough physical strength?
Yep, Kenyan is already outfitting one to escape to Chineeeese, with full documentation on chip.
She makes me happy. :)
One word comes to mind..
Interesting how they edited the sound to emphasize the leaves crunching in the woods. I bet nobody there could hear anything but the sound of the motor exhaust. These things are loud as hell. They better be working on a serious muffler system for this thing to be of any practical use.
Smaal Star Wars walkers. The Ewoks could take these down with a single slingshot.
That robot can be in my squad any day she wants. I doubt we would get much work done though. :=D
in an unexpected discovery, enemy troops are disabled for at least 5 minutes due to laughter.
Evolution of the “Big Dog” robot. It’s a lot more agile than most here think, probably equivalent to a pack mule at least. Go back and look at the footage of Big Dog dealing with ice and rubble.
Also, although it’s loud (for now), and needs gas (more expensive than fodder), it does have several advantages over mules:
It can be armored, and is less likely to be injured (and can be repaired onsite if it is).
It will not be frightened by gunfire.
It can operate unhindered in an NBC environment.
It can run on ordinary fuel which can be siphoned from other military vehicles in a pinch, and so does not need a separate supply chain.
It will never get tired; as long as it has gas it will keep moving.
In an emergency, it can navigate autonomously, such as evacuating a casualty. To go even further, in that capacity it can be equipped to transmit vitals to the waiting medics so they can treat/triage more effectively.
It can be ordered into a fire zone, either as a distraction or a shield, if need be.
Engine exhaust is methane.
Looks like a single well-placed AK round could disable this REALLY expensive toy.
It will be assigned to carry gear for Marines who weigh less than 125 lbs.
I agree with the posts on this thread that this is a noisy, expensive, logistical headache of a nightmare. Why don’t they mount a red rotating beacon on the thing atop a 20’ mast? That way even the deaf know it’s coming.
Just so stupid, why on God’s earth would a premier fighting force want a noise maker like this? Whatever is pushing this idiocy is not related to common sense.
When the VC wanted to move heavy supplies, I believe they were loaded on bicycles and pushed. No noise, and easier than carrying.
And like others mentions, mules, noiseless, easy to feed, and can be eaten.
Too late. That position is already delegated. Starting from every E-1 through at least E-3, we have been doing that for decades. The truly sad part is, the females just take it as a given, and you are viewed as an arse’ole if you try to make any noise about it.
That depends on how you define work.
W = F * d [work = force times distance]
I’ll let you figure out how to use force and distance with her...