The Iraqi army is testing its latest weapon in the fight against ISIS, a remote-controlled battle robot.
The unmanned vehicle has a heavy machine gun turret for taking out targets picked out by the controller.
Called Alrobot, the bullet-proof vehicle is being tested in the Iraqi desert as part of the army’s efforts to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS.
According to the Baghdad Post, the military robot is the mechanical brainchild of two brothers from the Iraqi capital.
Clad in Teflon armour, the four-wheeled vehicle is able to tackle the harsh desert heat.
The Alrobot’s arsenal of weaponry includes a heavy machine gun with a wide arc of fire, four on-board cameras, as well as a launcher to fire Russian Katsuya rockets.
According to Defense One, experts believe the robot is being tested as part of the Iraqi army’s effort to retake the northern city of Mosul, which fell to ISIS forces in 2014 and has remained a stronghold for the group.
A video accompanying the article in the Baghdad Post shows Alrobot in action.
The vehicle, which appears to be the size of a small golf cart, can be seen descending from its trailer in the desert, before firing bursts of rounds from its automatic machine gun.
The turret is also shown to spin 360 degrees, with the machine gun apparently able to move vertically 45 degrees, giving the robot complete cover.
The footage also appears to show the vehicle being remotely operated from two laptop computers, as it navigates the arid terrain and fires.
Reports indicate that in its current form, the vehicle can be operated up to a kilometre away, but this could be tripled, the Baghdad Post reports.
The unmanned vehicle would join the ranks of a growing fleet of military robots being deployed in warfare.
Aerial drones are increasingly being used to target militants including ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
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