Chinese Combat Robot in Active Development

According to, “…People’s Online Daily reports that the thigh-high armed robot looks like a small assault vehicle. Target practice results showed the robot has acceptable accuracy. The report stresses that humans will control the robots, it is unclear if the robots merely are remote controlled or if they operate with some measure of autonomy. As a small tracked vehicle, the robot is built to traverse rugged or uneven terrain and operate as a forward-positioned weapons node for ground attacks.”  Lead photo courtesy of, via the Unmanned System News (USN). 

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Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in their  # 20 - 15 - 24 JULY 2020 edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).

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