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Defense Robots Keep Soldiers Safe and Contribute to Military Superiority
Defense robots are professional service robots that are deployed by the military in combat scenarios. They’re often intended to enhance a soldier’s existing capabilities while keeping them out of harm’s way as much as possible. Defense robots contribute to military superiority by giving troops an advantage at the ground level. Militaries as a whole gain a tactical advantage through the use of defense robots.
The market for defense robots is on the verge of a breaking point, with a projected market value of $30.83 Billion by 20221. Between 2017 and 2022, the market is expected to have a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.92%. In 2016, market value actually decreased by 25%, but beginning in 2018 robust growth is expected, according to the International Federation of Robots (IFR) 2017 Service Robots report.
Defense robots come in many shapes and sizes, but most serve the same basic functions of protecting and enabling soldiers in combat. The military has a long history with robotic exoskeletons for defense applications, which were built to enhance soldiers’ endurance and agility. At various times, these have come in the form of:
- full body exoskeletons;
- lower body-powered exoskeletons;
- passive military exoskeletons;
- energy scavenging exoskeletons;
- and stationary military exoskeletons.
Field robots, another form of professional service robot, are also becoming common in defense applications. These defense robots perform a variety of functions, including:
- carrying heavy equipment;
- operating in dangerous situations to keep soldiers at a safer distance;
- and rescuing wounded soldiers in combat zones.
Some field robots in defense applications are beginning to be equipped with weapons for offensive capabilities.
Defense robots are an increasingly common part of military campaigns, helping to keep soldiers safe and providing a tactical advantage in nearly any combat scenario. As the military continues to experiment and find success with different forms of defense robots, the market is expected to experience strong growth.
- Markets and Markets, “Military Robots Market to be Worth $30.83 Billion by 2022”
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