South Korea yesterday announced it was developing highly sophisticated combat robots that could complement the roles of human soldiers on battlefields.
The ministries of defense and information and communication approved a joint project worth US$32.4 million to develop the robot system by 2011.
Tentative designs released at a meeting of science ministers here showed three different types of robots that look like a sphinx without wings.
Equipped with six or eight wheels or legs, they would be capable of walking or running through rough terrain.
Armed with weapons and sensors, the robots could be sent on combat missions or dangerous tasks such as detecting mines, the ministries said.
The ministries said they will also invest some US$30 million to develop surveillance sensor networks by 2010.
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