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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday February 22 2018, @02:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong? dept.

Turkey aims to produce unmanned tanks: Erdoğan

Turkey is targeting the production of unmanned tanks for its armed forces, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated. "We will carry it a step further [after domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles] ... We should reach the ability to produce unmanned tanks as well. We will do it," Erdoğan said at a meeting held at the presidential complex in Ankara on Feb. 21.

Five Turkish soldiers were recently killed in a tank near the Sheikh Haruz area of Syria's Afrin district, where Turkey has been carrying on a military operation against the People's Protection Units (YPG) since Jan. 20.

[...] The Turkish president has repeatedly criticized certain foreign countries for allegedly being reluctant to sell unmanned aerial vehicles, armed or unarmed, stressing that unmanned systems could decrease casualties.

Also at ABC.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Bot on Thursday February 22 2018, @04:12PM (4 children)

    by Bot (3902) on Thursday February 22 2018, @04:12PM (#641846) Journal

    > unmanned weapons decrease casualties
    right
    next step, don't do war, just model it.
    > the military industrial complex will not allow it
    yes they will, as long as people pay money for the virtual weapons.

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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Thursday February 22 2018, @07:19PM (2 children)

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 22 2018, @07:19PM (#641927)

    next step, don't do war, just model it.

    Because that worked out so well for the people in the Star Trek episode "A Taste of Armageddon".

    Plus, given that we'd now be deciding geopolitical situations based on effectively RTS games, I'd think the South Koreans would proceed to swiftly conquer the planet!

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    • (Score: 2) by Bot on Thursday February 22 2018, @09:02PM

      by Bot (3902) on Thursday February 22 2018, @09:02PM (#641979) Journal

      I was thinking more of a liquid war thing anyway.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 23 2018, @12:11AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 23 2018, @12:11AM (#642104)

      Are you kidding me??? Pay rednecks a lot of money to blow shit up and they will master the fuck out of that shit.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by realDonaldTrump on Thursday February 22 2018, @11:54PM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Thursday February 22 2018, @11:54PM (#642092) Homepage Journal

    We've been "modeling" our nuclear weapons, they call it modeling. I say, where are the models? Where is the runway? There's no runway. Little Rocket Man does it the old fashioned way. Because he doesn't have computer. He doesn't have cyber. And we can tell what he has by how big the boom is. The last one, he says it was a Hydrogen Bomb, it's not. Or it's the smallest Hydrogen Bomb you've ever seen in your entire life. Sad!