Russia has unveiled a terrifying new robotic weapons system designed to obliterate its enemy in seconds.
The military machine dubbed ‘Vikhr’, meaning ‘whirlpool’, aims and shoots automatically.
The 14.7-ton Vikhr is a scout-attack unit tasked with engaging ground and aerial targets, reinforcing operations, protecting strategic facilities and decreasing human losses.
“This is a robotic system. It means, it can be either controlled by an operator or accomplish certain tasks autonomously.
“For example, it can reach a set destination without any human control and avoid obstacles on its own,” Dmitry Bogdanov, deputy CEO at the Sevastopol-based Impulse-2 Scientific and Technical Center, told Sputnik .
The robot has an action radius of 600 kilometers and can move at a speed of 60kmph on land and 10kmph in water.
The Vikhr is armed with a 30mm automatic cannon 2A72 (500 shells), a coaxial 7.62mm machinegun (2,000 rounds) and six anti-tank guided missiles Kornet-M (three on each side of the turret), touted as the best in the world in their class.
The vehicle can automatically detect targets and prepare to attack them.
Depending on the target, the Vikhr robotic system chooses an appropriate weapon and offers it to the operator.
For example, if the robot locks on a helicopter, it may select a surface-to-air missile.
But the operator can select another option, so it’s the operator who makes the final decision.
On Saturday, local media reported that the Russian Defense Ministry expressed interest in the robot.