- Arms company said it is refitting iconic war machine to work remotely
- Drivers will be able to manoeuvre war machine from up to three miles away
- Russian deputy prime minister said future army will need to recruit gamers
- Named online game World of Tanks as possible recruiting tool for soldiers
Russia is to turn its famous T-90 tank into a robot – and wants the wars of the future to be fought by computer gamers.
A close ally of Vladimir Putin announced this week that the T-90 – a staple of Russia’s army with some 20 years of service – will be refitted so that it doesn’t need physical drivers.
Instead the tank will become the ground-based equivalent of a drone, controlled from a distance by operators in no physical danger.
Writing on Twitter, Rogozin linked to a news piece about the T-90 conversion and said: ‘Now we don’t need tank drivers, but World of Tanks gamers’.
World of Tanks is a free-to-play online tank warfare game, which claims to have 75 million players.
It is developed by Wargaming, a company based in the former Soviet territory of Belarus.
The job of converting the tanks has been given to Uralvagonzavod, which manufactures a huge number of tanks for the Kremlin.
Senior executive Vyacheslav Khalitov said the company was ‘seriously engaged now in developing a remote control system based on existing models’ of tanks.
He said: ‘Why should we build a robot that will be less efficient on the battle field with weaker protection?
‘We have a ready-made product – the T-90 tank.
‘It’s not a problem to turn it into a robot. And it can be controlled from a distance’.
Full article: Russia has turned its T-90 tank into a robot – and plans to hire gamers to fight future wars (Daily Mail)