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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: 4, Interesting) by Bobs on Thursday February 22 2018, @09:09PM (1 child)

    by Bobs (1462) on Thursday February 22 2018, @09:09PM (#641981)

    My suspicion is that any state that relies upon automated / unmanned weapon systems will eventually be hacked into oblivion.

    - (subtle) The weapons fire as usual, but keep missing the target. So the opponent destroys them, and wins.
    - The systems just stop, and the opponent walks past them and wins.
    - The weapons suddenly turn and fire on their owner / each other and the opponent wins.

    May not happen the first time, but it will eventually happen. Especially with weapon systems provided by low-bid military contractors.

    And you only need to lose all your weapons once.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday February 22 2018, @10:20PM

    by DannyB (5839) on Thursday February 22 2018, @10:20PM (#642029) Journal

    Especially with weapon systems provided by low-bid military contractors.

    This problem can be avoided by outsourcing your military contractors to China. Or maybe your civilian infrastructure. Or the major internet routers?

    Reminder: March is National Procrastination Week.