Thirty thousand “robot soldiers” could form an integral part of the British army in the 2030s, working alongside humans in and around the frontline, Gen Sir Nick Carter, the head of the armed forces said in a television interview on Sunday.
On the morning of Remembrance Sunday, the chief of the defence staff suggested that “an armed forces that’s designed for the 2030s” could include large numbers of autonomous or remotely controlled machines.
“I mean, I suspect we could have an army of 120,000, of which 30,000 might be robots, who knows?”
Investment in robot warfare was to be at the heart of the planned integrated five-year defence review. All Britain’s armed forces have been engaged in a string of research projects involving small drones or remotely powered land or underwater vehicles, some of which are armed and others for reconnaissance.
When pressed if he was predicting there could be another major world conflict, Carter said “I’m saying it’s a risk and we need to be conscious of those risks.”