South Korea Deploys Robots to Protect Troops in Iraq
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Dec 09, 2004
South Korea has deployed two robots capable of area surveillance and combat, the Ministry of National Defence said Wednesday 8 December . The robots, named Aegis, were developed by a South Korean company and are equipped with small surveillance cameras and South Korean-made K-2 rifles, according to ministry officials.

The officials said the robots have been deployed in the Iraqi city of Arbil since October mainly for guard purposes. The robots can spot enemy infiltration from two kilometres through their remote-controlled cameras. “Because computer chips inside the robots automatically assess the distance of an enemy before shooting at the enemy, the robots’ hit rates are close to 100 per cent,” an official at the South Korean developer said.

According to the company official, each Aegis robot costs about 100m won (94,000 US dollars) and can shoot up to 100 rounds of ammunition. In addition to the two combat robots, the Defence Ministry has also dispatched four remote-controlled explosives detectors, named ROBHAZ-DT3, to the northern Iraqi city to protect South Korea’s 3,600 troops, mostly engineers and medics, there.

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