Samsung is but a known name in the telecommunication industry and is also a giant in the manufacturing of electronics and home appliances.
However, many aren’t aware that this South Korean multinational company has produced at least one autonomous sentry robot for the South Korean military. Yes! You read that right! The robot’s name is SGR-A1.
We feel it necessary to let you know some important things about this robotic entity, that’s why we have written the 7 Important things to know about Samsung’s (SGR-A1) robot machine gun.
1. SCR-A1 Was Jointly Manufactured By Samsung Techwin and Korea University
The idea of SCR-A1 came from Samsung Techwin (now Hanwa Techwin) in 2006 when it announced a $200,000, all-weather, 5.56 mm robotic machine gun and optional grenade launcher to guard the Korean in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that split Korean peninsula. It later became a reality in 2010 with the support of Korea University.
2. Designed to Support Humans
The robot machine gun was aimed at assisting and eventually supplanting human guards. Global Security reported that Samsung Techwin claimed their system was designed to replace humans who could be impaired by severe weather or fatigue, and that each unit could use several different sorts of deterrents.
3. Featured Microphone and Speakers For Alert
The Samsung Techwin SGR-A1 included an onboard speaker and microphone so friendly soldiers could deactivate the weapon on approach. Unrecognized individuals would face audible alarms followed by nonlethal rubber bullets rounds, followed by real metal bullets with the robot’s onboard machine gun. Some sources reported that the SGR-A1 could be programmed to alert a human operator before lethal rounds were used, but others made clear that the robot could be operated without human decision-making.
4. Equipped With K3 Machine Gun Precision
The SGR-A1 was equipped with a 5.56 mm Daewoo Precision Industries K3 machine gun, and according to We Are The Mighty, the sentry could be upgraded with an optional 40-mm Milkor MGL lightweight multiple-grenade launcher. The death-dealing robot bristled with an array of sensors and cameras, including a laser rangefinder, and an infrared thermographic camera.
5. Can Differentiate Knows Between Humans, Animals, and Objects
Pattern recognition software allowed the SGR-A1 to distinguish between human beings, animals, and other objects. In daylight, the system was capable of identifying and tracking multiple targets as far away as 2.5 miles (4 km), or about half that distance at night.
6. Numbers On Guard Unknown
Due to the obvious volatile nature of the situation, the exact number of these sentries that stood guard in the past or continue to stand guard today remains classified to the public.
7. In Use By Guards In Iraq
Lastly, the important to know about SGR-A1 is that South Korea’s soldiers in Iraq are “currently using it to guard home bases.