SWORD International and Ghost Robotics have unveiled their latest weapon and it's honestly the stuff of science fiction films.
We're all aware of robot dogs that have been made by several robotics companies, which are four-legged, canine-looking machines that are able to carry out a range of tasks.
They've been relatively harmless (even if they're a little intimidating)...until now.
SWORD International has displayed its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR for short) attachment for Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles (QUGVs), which is a 6.5mm Creedmoor sniper rifle.
It's been unveiled at an expo, where the SPUR was seen sitting on top of a Ghost Robotics QUGV. You certainly wouldn't want to come across this bad boy in the wrong circumstances.
While some people will be cheering over such an impressive display of technology, it didn't take long for people to be horrified about what the machine could be used for.
Many flocked to Twitter to vent their concerns.
A statement on SWORD International's website states: "The SWORD Defense Systems Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) was specifically designed to offer precision fire from unmanned platforms such as the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.
"Featuring safe, chamber, clear, and fire capabilities that allows for safe and reliable deployment of the weapon system - providing the operator an ability to load and safe the weapon at a distance.
"These features also provide the operator the ability to clear malfunctions, and safely unload the platform prior to recovery.
"Due to its highly capable sensors the SPUR can operate in a magnitude of conditions, both day and night.
"The SWORD Defense Systems SPUR is the future of unmanned weapon systems, and that future is now."
The sniper rifle is accurate up to 1,200 metres away, which is fairly impressive.
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