Weapons designers in China may be watching too many Japanese cartoons. A new military vehicle design published in a Chinese science journal shows a car-sized 11-legged walking combat robot dubbed the “Crab Walker.”
The Crab Walker would be about 18 feet long, comes with a 30mm autocannon mounted on top, and is designed to crawl over rough terrain. It has four legs on each side, as well as two in the back and one on the front to help it keep stable while firing.
The proposal for the Crab Walker was published in China’s Journal of Ordinance Industry Automation. It was originally published in 2013 as a thesis from master students at the Nanjing University of Technology. The science journal doesn’t have a website, but the thesis was published on the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), China’s largest online library.
The idea of a walking killer robot actually has some reasoning behind it. Its design would forseeably allow it to operate in mountainous terrain otherwise inaccesssible by vehicles on wheels or treads—such as the mountainous regions of Tibet or in disputed territory along the Indian border.
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