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Official: Russian Combat Robots on Way to Ukraine

Russia is set to send autonomous "Marker" combat robots able to determine targets with AI technology and fire on them to the front lines in its invasion of Ukraine, Russian state media reports.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the "Tsar Wolves" military adviser group, wrote Sunday on Telegram the combat robot would undergo a "baptism of fire" on the battlefields of the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Rogozins said the "Marker" combat robot "works autonomously" performing combat missions and locating targets from about 9.3 miles, according to state news agency TASS. The combat robot also can pinpoint and fire on enemy targets within that area with its own weapons, he added.

The robots have been tested in advance of "several" units heading to eastern Ukraine, according to TASS.

State media reported the final tests for the "Marker" in June, and the robot's developer said they would be given to the Russian Defense Ministry, Newsweek reported.

Developers have "already taught the 'Marker' to fire not only from a sporting gun, but also to hit flying discs from a Kalashnikov machine-gun many times faster than people do," said Oleg Martyanov, head of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects' National Center for the Development of Technologies and Basic Elements of Robotics.

The combat robot was able to distinguish between civilians and military personnel to target those that posed a "direct threat," thus "skipping the objects that are found along the trajectory of fire."

Russian state news service Ria Novosti reported Wednesday that work on the "Marker" had been completed.

According to Ria Novosti, the "Marker" has the "most advanced autonomous driving skills in Russia with object recognition based on artificial intelligence technologies."

The news service reported in November 2021 the "Marker" had been upgraded to work as an autonomous "courier" and can evacuate wounded soldiers from battle.
Yeah and if they’re built in Russia they’ll be epic fails
wonkywinky · 51-55, M
The damn Russians are just so pathetic.So now they dream up some clockwork soldiers,because all their real men are dead or crippled.How much do these cost?They barely can afford to give troops a decent pair of boots and food,let alone a couple of million per robot.
Give it up Putin,its over.
wonkywinky · 51-55, M
This is the Russia that claimed it destroyed 15 M2 Bradleys?
Clever because they arent even in country yet...
ShaneMckay · 41-45, M
Do you believe ANYTHING the Russian government says???
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
@ShaneMckay Well to be completely open the Russian Government seems to be more honest than the US government at the moment. I know that is a very low bar indeed.
ShaneMckay · 41-45, M
@hippyjoe1955 And THEY constantly lie too!!
wonkywinky · 51-55, M
Im sure that a 120mm Challenger round will be enough to disrupt its circuit board.

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