Israeli Company Unveils an Armed Robot to Patrol Borders
An Israeli company announces the creation of a remote-controlled armed robot that can patrol borders.
Yesterday, Monday, an Israeli company unveiled an armed remote-controlled robot that can patrol combat zones, track humans and open fire.
According to the company, the four-wheel-drive robot was presented by the "Israel" Aerospace Industries, REX MKII.
The Associated Press quoted the Israelis as saying that semi-autonomous machines allow armies to protect their soldiers, while critics fear that this product represents another dangerous step towards creating robots that make fateful decisions.
For his part, the deputy head of the company’s autonomous systems division, Rani Avni, revealed some of the specifications of this robot, noting that it is operated by an electronic tablet device, and it can be equipped with two machine guns, cameras, and sensors.
The robot can also gather intelligence for ground troops, transport wounded occupation forces and supplies in and out of battle, and strike nearby targets.
According to the Associated Press, the Israeli occupation is currently using a smaller, but similar vehicle called the Jaguar to patrol the border with the Gaza Strip and help enforce the blockade imposed by "Israel" from 2007.
This comes at a time when the borders with the Gaza Strip are witnessing tension, especially after one Israeli sniper was killed through a gap in the wall separating the Strip from the rest of Palestine.
After the Israeli soldier was injured, the Israeli website "Walla!" reported on engineering work carried out by bulldozers to change the border fence with the Gaza Strip, with the aim of creating a new obstacle that makes it difficult for the Palestinians to approach occupation soldiers.
The Lebanese-Palestinian border is also witnessing tensions after 6 prisoners were able to free themselves from Gilboa prison, while "Israel" fears the prisoners' arrival in southern Lebanon, according to Israeli media.
It is noteworthy that this is not the first time that the occupation creates robots, as video footage obtained by Al Mayadeen from the military media last year showed how the Israeli occupation placed a robot soldier on the border between Lebanon and occupied Palestine.
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