The Korean Defense Ministry says it will have robotic guards along the DMZ by 2011. One option is to upgrade the current Aegis robot (currently in use by Korean troops in Iraq) for the mission. Other options are also being looked at.
It’s hard for me to see if this is a real robot or just a remote controlled weapons and surveillance station like the CROWS or RWS. Does anyone know more about this Aegis robot?
Either way, it sounds like a logical way to augment (though not completely replace) human sentries.
Seems to me that remote-controlled systems like the CROWS or RWS (no motion-stabilization needed for fixed positions on the DMZ) would be fine. 24/7/365 all-weather no-fatigue sentries. Korean video game jocks could take six-hour shifts and OD on Jolt Cola while keeping the homeland secure.
Speaking of securing the homeland, there’s another nasty border where this sort of thing would come in quite handy. And the nation in question already has working systems that can do the job. (via ACE)