Thursday, November 02, 2006

Robotising Military Mobilities

Although I haven't reported too often on military matters - yet! - I thought this information about the re-structuring of the South Korean military was interesting. The Korean Times discusses in High-Tech Military in Due Course how in September last year, the Army finished building the second largest training camp in the world, the Korea Combat Training Center (KCTC). This centre boasts 'state-of-the-art training capabilities, including the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES).The government spent about 280 billion won ($300 million) in develop the advanced training facility for seven years.' Also...

'The Army is pushing for a three-phase combat robot development project to build three types of robots for use in combat situations, in cooperation with the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and other private industrial counterparts, such as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

...All information on situations on the battlefield, including the number of casualties, soldiers’ locations, kinds of weapons systems being used by enemy forces and lethality of specific weapons, are transmitted to the command-and-control center on a real-time basis through laser transmitters attached to soldiers and weapons systems.'

Where will all the soldiers go??

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