Military robots are far from those portrayed by science fiction, but their accelerated development may make armies much closer to that – this seemed to be the hope of British general Sir Nick Carter: according to him, the country’s armed forces could, in the next decade, include a large number of standalone or remotely controlled machines.
“I suspect that we could have an army of 120,000 soldiers, 30,000 of whom may be robots, who knows?” He told Sky News, emphasizing, however, that no specific goal has yet been set.
Carter, like other officials, is pushing the government to do Britain’s promised defense spending review – scheduled every five years, in 2020 it has been postponed. The intensive use of robots in conflicts should be at the center of the new investment plan in the armed forces mainly because of an unsolved problem for years.
The government is unable to meet its recruitment quota – the force currently has 73,870 soldiers in its ranks, well below the nominal target of 82,050. The target was expected to be reduced to 75,000, with technology being used to fill the gap left – mainly because each of the British armed forces has their own research projects involving the use of robotics in conflicts, such as drones or controlled vehicles. remotely, armed or for reconnaissance.
The star is the i9, a remotely armed and operated drone to be used in urban warfare situations (such as taking hostage buildings) – this usually results in many victims. According to the British Ministry of Defense, there is no possibility that the country’s armed forces will use non-human soldiers to handle and fire weapons.
This is what awaits the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, launched in 2012 by the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch seeking the worldwide ban on lethal autonomous electronic systems, the so-called “killer robots”. The campaign is already supported by 60 countries (including Brazil).
A smaller group of countries, with Russia and the United States at the head, are against any regulation, preventing initiatives for it to materialize and investing heavily in the development of this type of weaponry.