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There are many different types of military robots. Provided on this site is a couple of different kinds of robotic machines the will be explain in detail and have much information provided for each,Also along with the information is pictures to show what this new technology looks like and how it has advanced over many years.This equipment can make life for people in the army and other scientist much easier because it makes there job much safer sex and keeps them out of harms way. So take a moment and check out the cool advances in to days history for military robotics with info and pictures provided by usmilitary.about.com and also www.foster-miller.com

THE TALON

Foster-Miller claims the TALON is one of the fastest robots in production, one that can travel through sand, water, and snow (up to 100 feet deep) as well as climb stairs. The TALON transmits in color, black and white, infrared, and/or night vision to its operator, who may be up to 1,000 m away. It can run off lithium-ion batteries for a maximum of 7 days on standby independently before needing recharging. It has an 8.5 hour battery life at normal operating speeds to bang, 2 standard lead batteries providing 2 hours each and 1 optional Lithium Ion providing an additional 4.5 hours. It can also withstand repeated decontamination allowing it to work for long periods of time in contaminated areas. It was used in Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks working for 45 days with many decontaminations without electronic failure[1]. This led to the further development of the HAZMAT TALON.

MIDARS

US Mechatronics has produced a working automated sentry gun and is currently developing it further for commercial and military use. MIDARS, a four-wheeled robot outfitted with several cameras, radar, and possibly a firearm, that automatically performs random or preprogrammed patrols around a military base or other government installation. It alerts a human overseer when it detects movement in unauthorized areas, or other programmed conditions. The operator can then instruct the robot to ignore the event, or take over remote control to deal with an intruder, or to get better camera views of an emergency. The robot would also regularly scan radio frequency identification tags placed on stored inventory as it passed and report any missing items. US scientists at MIT are known to be "looking into building a mechanical super-fighter... able to heal his own wounds, leap buildings, deflect bullets and even become invisible" which "won't be ready for at least 10 years." Tactical Autonomous Combatant (TAC) units, described in Project Alpha study 'Unmanned Effects: Taking the Human out of the Loop' - TAC robots are seen as being faster and more lethal than human soldiers, and able to work in more hazardous environments. This study, which was done in 2003, saw TACs as a reality by 2025.

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