Russia Unveils "Terminator T-1" Inspired Killer Robots

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The first time Russia’s armed forces demonstrated the Platform-M combat robot was one year ago in mid-June 2014, when in the course of military drills by the Baltic Fleet near Kaliningrad, the robotic combat platforms, armed with grenade launchers and Kalashnikov rifles saw their first action, executing their military missions alongside their live colleagues.


But what is the Platform-M aside from looking like a very angry, heavily armed version of Wall-E, or a predecessor of the T-1 Series terminator? As explained by RBTH, "the Platform-M is a remote controlled robotic unit on a crawler" one which resembles the protagonist of the 2008 Pixar computer animation WALL-E as well as the original T-1 terminator.

The Terminator Series T-1

The affinity between Platform-M and the animated character can also be seen in the robot's prototype, which appeared on the Russian internet in an animated presentation. In the video, the robotic vehicles, which resemble Platform-M (only on wheels instead of tracks), easily destroy a force of enemy militants armed with NATO weaponry.

According to some data provided by the Russian military, the Platform-M unit is supplied with "a differentiated defensive chassis and a firing platform and can carry out combative tasks during the night without unmasking instruments."
The robot is armed with the famous Kalashnikov rifle made in Izhevsk and four grenade launchers.

At the Progress Scientific Research Technological Institute of Izhevsk, where it was made, the "crawling creation" was given the following assessment: "Platform-M is a universal combat platform. It is used for gathering intelligence, for discovering and eliminating stationary and mobile targets, for firepower support, for patrolling and for guarding important sites. The unit's weapons can be guided, it can carry out supportive tasks and it can destroy targets in automatic or semiautomatic control systems; it is supplied with optical-electronic and radio reconnaissance locators."

As RBTH adds, Russian robotic technology has existed since the days of the Moon rovers. Back in 1964 the Russian Air Force acquired a system of long-range pilotless photo and radio technological reconnaissance called the DBP-1. This reconnaissance machine, launched from western parts of the country, could carry out its assignments over all of Central and Western Europe.

In 1973 the Soviet Union initiated the first state scientific and technological program devoted to the creation and implementation of industrial robots. Consequently, by 1985 the USSR had 40 percent of the world's industrial robots at its disposal, having surpassed the U.S. These units were guided by network-centric principles and artificial intelligence was embedded in the military sphere.

Still, many had believed that Russia was years behind the envelope when it comes to putting advanced robotic technology on the battlefield. Until today, when a video showcased Russia's latest military equipment in Sevastopol, ranging from the "Bastion" air defense and anti-ship complexes missile system to sniper rifles and special ops naval guns, also showed none other than the Platform-M combat robot mingling among the population of this most important Crimean city.

Now all that is needed is for some hacker to penetrate the Platform-M firewall and take control of a small army of these units and then we can finally move the Terminator series into the non-fiction section.

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The Delicate Genius's picture
The Delicate Genius (not verified) Jul 19, 2015 5:23 PM

You'll see something like this on american streets before Ivan ever deploys it in anger...

Skateboarder's picture

Yep, I can see the Curfewbot 3000 patrolling the streets to keep us all safe. Now, brand new and improved with "local militant" and "enemy combatant" detection, i.e. your skateboard is a weapon, "sir." You have five seconds to surrender. 5.. 4..

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Once you're chipped, there will be nowhere to hide from these machines/drones. That is their end game, to chip everyone, total control..

usednabused's picture

Somebody somewhere may find a soft spot on those bots. Maybe theyre suckers for pussy...

Publicus's picture

We will bury you.

The age of man comes to an end.

ZerOhead's picture

So the the camera lenses on these units are spray paint resistant?

Publicus's picture

No one who tried to find that out have come back alive so we do not know the answer.

ZerOhead's picture

That's what we have $79.95 drones for.

And I'll bet you $50 that whoever designed it didn't equip it with the ability to shoot straight up...

Latina Lover's picture

 The Russians could wipe out the USSA army down to to the last Ukrainian. I look forward to Porkyschenko leading the way...LOL

God's picture

God says: I see no track prints in the snow on photo #1.

Nonetheless, nice hardware.

eatthebanksters's picture

It  looks incredibly accurate especiallly while its on the move!  I'll bet it acquires human targets way faster than they can target in return.  This should be a force magnaifier big time!!

Stuck on Zero's picture

And how would it hold up to a 50 cal at 1000 yards?

AGuy's picture

"And how would it hold up to a 50 cal at 1000 yards?"

You many targets that this machine is targeting are equipped with 50 Cal. weapons: Close to zero. Do you personally, even own a 50 Cal?


the kings whore's picture

Putin is such a homosexual.  I have no idea why the Russians love him.  I'm just glad that Obama is ripping him a new asshole.

The Black Bishop's picture

Hey Reggie that nickname is just a dead giveaway. King Obama's little helper.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

I wonder if Breedlove noticed that too?

Nah. Prolly not.

Mentaliusanything's picture

You do 'Her' from behind so she has no wiggle room

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

You must be referring to "The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

Does it puzzle your will?  

It puzzles mine. 

klockwerks's picture

paintball guns would be great

ThanksChump's picture

5 minute flight time: not useful. Cool, for sure, but not practical unless used as one of a ground-based bot's additional weapon systems.

Ground based systems are better. It's not terribly difficult, or expensive, to build a bot in your basement that is 360-degree aware of movement (above and laterally), that can slew and acquire a target-lock in under one second, deliver an insane barrage of metal bits to that target, speed away at 55 MPH, flank, and return to finish your team off, w/o a human operator.

The brains cost under $10 now. 90% of the code is free Open Source stuff. The only expensive stuff are the heavy-duty servos, weapons, and ranging sensors.

For $20,000 you can put together an extremely nasty electronic guard dog that can, at any time, be teamed with 3-4 human operators to augment its built-in weapons systems and strategies.

I'd put a fiberglass cow body on top of mine. Cuz lol.

kaiserhoff's picture

Does it run on wodka,

  or krokodil?

sun tzu's picture

Once you're chipped, they won't need the machine to hunt you down. They will put a cyanide capsule in it and when it is time to eliminate you, the chip will release the poison into your bloodstream. 

Latina Lover's picture

Wow, with an imagination like that, do you ever get any dates?

nosam's picture

The two of you should get a room.

bitterwolf's picture

Doing what issuing food stamps and Drivers licenses to every undocumented immigrant it comes across?

BlackMagician's picture

Toss in a little A.I. in the future and humanity's stupidity will be confirmed.

xcehn's picture

"Scientists have for the first time networked the brains of monkeys and rats ( a brainet of four interconnected brains is illustrated) to make a living computer that can solve problems. The arrows represent the flow of information through the Brainet from stimulation to the brain to a reward of water

In a dystopican sci-fi vision of the future, there's the possibility that the research could also lead to the creation of an evil 'collective being' such as Borg in Star Trek.

Neuroscientists at Duke University linked the brains of four rats together to solve a weather forecasting problem that the rodents couldn't complete on their own.

In a separate study, scientists enabled three monkeys to collectively control an avatar arm to reach a target.

Miguel Nicolelis, who led the work, told The Guardian: 'Essentially, we created a super-brain.'"

Ginsengbull's picture

So, who got the water? The monkeys or the rats?

JustObserving's picture

Putin needs all the help he can get.  US outspends Russia on the military by at least a factor of 10

BlackMagician's picture

Have you not heard...its quality not quantity...

ZerOhead's picture

It looks like total junk to me.

Very slow in being able to track and target and an average guy with a lasso could really fuck it up. Even without a can of spray paint.

mkkby's picture

Take your jacket off and throw it over the camera lens.  Wait for it to run out of gas and strip it of it's weapons.  Thanks Vlad for the nice toys.

WOAR's picture

Tanks are also incredibly easy targets to shoot at...which is why tank doctrine EXPLICITLY STATES that they will be surrounded by ground troops in an urban environment.

Can't have your heavy weapons taken out by some idiot with a sniper rifle...although, if they do shoot the bot, you haven't lost any manpower at all. They can be replaced, repaired away from the battlefield, and returned at a later time.

going to guns's picture

That's what the Germans were hoping against the Sherman's in ww2. Who said quantity has a quality all it's own.

WTFUD's picture

Once you add in personal kick-backs the actual expenditure figures will equate.

bonin006's picture

The purpose of US military spending is to give trillions to "defence" contractors, so they will give billions to the politicians.

JuliaS's picture

We also outspend the entire world in health care and look at what it gets us.

booboo's picture

at this rate future wars will be fought by 14 year olds in their moms basement.


Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Is that Cookie Head Jenkins?

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

Hugs & Kisses!

Sarah Connor

The man with pointy horns's picture

Then Skynet launches the ICBMs at Russia and Russia retaliates.

Beam me up Scotty.

PTR's picture

Well, at least Omnius isn't enslaving the free planets.  Yet.

Long-John-Silver's picture

We need those on our Southern Border. That's the only way to solve our Immigration policy. The Cartel can't bribe or kidnap family members of robots to let them transport Slaves and Dope across the border. Simply push up a berm on the border and post signs showing a robot ventilating people attempting to illegally cross the border.

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) Long-John-Silver Jul 19, 2015 5:57 PM

Nope, land mines are much much cheaper and require no maintence at all , hell you don't even really need to place them just announce that you did.  

JustUsChickensHere's picture

I would be more concerned that the Cartel might aquire a lot of these ... it would make guarding the border even harder,