Monday, May 23, 2005

Singapore Deploys New Robotic Fleet

Singapore unveiled its new fleet of Spartan Scout Unmanned Surface Vessels(USV). Augmenting an existing fleet of Protector fleet, the Spartans will allow "ships to deploy such a vessel without getting the men into too close contact with a suspicious boat, which may have undesirable intentions," according to Singapore's Defense Minister Teo Chee Hean.

The USVs are controlled by a central warship and are equipped with surveillance gear and weapons allowing them to be used for a variety of missions.

The USVs were codeveloped with the US Military. Singapore recently deployed a fleet of Protector USVs near Iraq to aid American forces.

Robots are being deployed for military purposes at an exponential rate. In 5 years the face of warfare will likely be robotic.