If you haven’t seen this video below – you must. It’s creepy but ridiculously futuristic. Not only is this a great idea (in my opinion), it’s a step in the direction that many people figured we’d get to eventually: cyborgs and other robots waging our battles and performing jobs that humans currently occupy.
These ‘robotic pack mules’ are beasts. They have the ability to heave 400 lbs. of our troops’ gear and can be programmed to reach a destination by simply programming GPS coordinates. Call them what you will, but they go by an official name as stated on LabrotoryEquipment.com:
To help alleviate physical weight on troops, DARPA is developing a highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), to integrate with a squad of Marines or Soldiers.
As for defending itself, it’s unclear what they’re armed with, if anything, but I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to outfit the mules with cameras and heavy artillery.
If I was in the jungle and saw this thing coming, I’d need to find the nearest restroom (which would be a scary and difficult challenge in the jungle itself).