The first armed robots
have hit the streets of Iraq and are now hunting evil-doers with high-powered M249 machine guns. The robots are called SWORDS, which stands for "Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection System". Army focus groups apparently preferred this acronym over the more obvious PUBE (Predatory Unmanned Battle Engine). The robots are currently being piloted through the streets of Bagdad using remote control. According to an interview on CNET
with Chief Army Scientist Thomas Killion however, the army soon plans to make the killing machines fully automatic.
Reduced-lead bullets and recyclable explosives
are among the developments being put forward by arms manufacturer British Aerospace (BAE) as part of a major investment in ecologically-sound weaponry.
The company, one of the world's biggest arms-makers, says it has been making investments in creating products that reduce the collateral damage of warfare.