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DoDAMM Autonomous Robot Sentry Gun
The Super aEgis 2 is an autonomous robot sentry gun developed by South Korean gun maker DoDAMM. It can autonomously lock on to human targets from several kilometers away.
(Super aEgis 2 autonomous robot sentry gun )
The Super aEgis 2 is an automated gun tower that can find and lock on to a human-sized target in pitch darkness at a distance of up to 1.36 miles (2.2 kilometers). It uses a 35x zoom CCD camera with 'enhancement feature' for bad weather, in conjunction with a dual FOV, autofocus Infra-Red sensor, to pick out targets.
Then it brings the pain, either with a standard 12.7mm caliber machine-gun, a 40mm automatic grenade launcher upgrade, or whatever other weapons system you want to bolt on to it, including surface-to-air missiles. A laser range finder helps to calibrate aim, and a gyroscopic stabilizer unit helps correct both the video system's aim and the direction of the guns after recoil pushes them off-target.
SF fans probably read about this idea first in The Andromeda Strain, the 1969 novel by Michael Crichton. He describes automatic guns that secure the inner core of a government research facility.
In theory, once inside the central core, you could go straight to the top. But in practice, there were ligamine sensors located around the core to prevent this. Originally intended to prevent the escape of lab animals that might break free into the core... there were automatic guns that fired ligamine darts...
(Read more about Crichton's automatic guns)
Some fans have put forward the stationary automatic blaster from Robert Heinlein's 1949 novel Red Planet, but I don't think it quite qualifies. The robot guns from Alan Dean Foster's novelization of the movie Aliens (1986) is a good example.
In the real world, automatic guns that target and fire date from WWII. The SCR-584 anti-aircraft gun laying radar was a highly accurate system developed early in the war.
Take a look at the 2006 version of this technology - South Korean Intelligent Surveillance and Guard Robot.
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