Robots to be new state armament program's priority - Rogozin
Combat robots will be an area of the state armament program of 2016-2025, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Interfax-AVN.
"A variety of robotic projects - airborne, ground-based, undersea and others - will be a specific feature of the prospective armament program," Rogozin said.
Robots were a focal point of the Nizhny Tagil Russia Arms EXPO, Rogozin said.
"You must have seen remote controlled machines demonstrated in Nizhny Tagil. One of them was designed to extinguish fires, for instance, inside burning arsenals, and another was made for patrolling missions. Any specialist can tell you that we can build any remote controlled vehicle with relevant mechanisms if we can build a remote controlled fire engine," Rogozin said.
"One of our tasks, for example, which is being set in the new state armament program, is to save the lives of our soldiers and officers and to keep them away from the kill zone," he said.
"What is more, we want every Russian soldier to do the job of five. And this can be done only if he is not just a soldier but an operator of a weapons system. He will be positioned at a distance, outside of the enemy's firing range, and be able to destroy not just one but five [enemy soldiers]," Rogozin said.
Another priority of the state armament program "is weaponry based on new physical principles," he added.
"The third objective is cross-media armament systems. Traditionally, state armament program orders were placed by commanders, i.e. heads of armed services, who acted in accordance with their understanding of what was good and what was bad for armed operations. Each of the commanders was in charge of operations in a particular medium - the sea, land or air. We acknowledge now that modern weapons can operate in various media - on water, under water, in the air and so on," Rogozin said.