The Company Behind The AK-47 Is Developing An Autonomous Gun System For Russia

The company behind the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle has a new weapon of war on the horizon: robot guns that learn and kill all on their own.Kalashnikov Concern has reportedly developed a “fully automated combat module based on neural network[s]” that can allow various weapons platforms to “identify targets and make decisions” independently of a human operator, the company spokeswoman Sofiya Ivanova told Russian state news agency TASS on July 5. The advanced “neural network” system allows autonomous weapons platforms — say, unmanned aerial vehicles or a ground combat vehicle — to not only make decisions on their own, but adapt to their environment and apply “acquired experience” to pre-existing instructions. Kalashnikov Concern has been experimenting with robotics and artificial intelligence for some time. In March, the weapons manufacturer hyped its brand-new BAS-01G Soratnik combat vehicle, a seven-ton mini-tank designed to semi-autonomously bring the pain with a Kalashnikov PKTM machine gun and Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles. And according to Defense One, Russian news agencies have touted robot-led victories against enemy combatants in Syria, although the veracity of those claims appears suspect. More importantly, Russian weapons manufacturers appear to be leapfrogging U.S. Department of Defense planners when it comes to integrating artificial…


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