Ukrainian military officials have unveiled an adaptable war robot that can switch up its mode of travel, and even the type of weapons it carries.
The Phantom ground robot can be fitted with tank-like treads, or move about on six wheels – and, it can carry anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers, or machine guns, according to DefenseOne.
The robot was demonstrated on Monday at the Association of the US Army show in Washington, D.C., and could hit the battlefield as soon as next year.
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Phantom, also sometimes referred to as Fantom, can drive up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) at a time, at a maximum speed of 38 kilometers per hour.
The multipurpose vehicle is remotely operated, and has day and night sighting systems that can fire up to a distance of over a kilometer (.6 miles).
It can be operated remotely using a secure radio channel, or using a 5 kilometer-long fiber cable.
According to its creators, it could be used to transport ammunition, perform combat missions, or even rescue wounded soldiers from the battlefield.
‘Unmanned multipurpose tactical vehicle ‘Phantom’ is a response to the challenges of technological era, pressing its demands to creating entirely new armament types: unmanned, multi-functional and capable of performing tasks that are now performed by soldiers only, endangering their lives,’ Roman Romanov, head of the SC ‘UkrOboronProm,’ said of the technology last year.
‘These are the characteristics demonstrated by ‘Phantom.