Battlefield Robot Snake For Israel Defense Force Video
A battlefield robot snake is reportedly under development by the Israel Defense Force (IDF). The video (shown below) of the snake shows it twisting into caves, tunnels, cracks and buildings, broadcasting pictures and sound back to a soldier controlling it with a laptop computer, so it is not an autonomous robot.
The IDF's robot snake appears to be about two meters long, and is covered with military camouflage colors. According to reports, military researchers intend to deploy the snake with combat units. It has a single camera "eye" at the front end of the robot.
(IDF battlefield robot snake video)
The snakelike robot is able to lift its forward sections high to see over obstacles.; it can crawl into and slither effectively through very tight spaces. There are caves and bunkers that could be explored by robot. It can provide pictures and video to the remote operator. It is the subject of research for a number of specific uses by the military.
For example, if a missile hits a building, a snakelike robot could come in to find survivors.
No word yet on whether or not they can swim, like those robot snakes from Terminator Salvation.