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A shooting robot developed by Northrop Grumman is currently being showcased at the Fort Benning, Ga. This robot consists of a 1/2-ton unmanned ground vehicle designed to provide soldiers with covering fire while cutting down targets.

The developers say that it’s an automatic shooting machine, But it requires people to operate it and set targets. The MADSS — Mobile Armed Dismount Support System — tracks and fires on targets only once it gets the green light. It won’t shoot unless a soldier is directing it.

It’s half killer robot, half killer giant remote-control car. While its top speed hasn’t been stated, Northrop Grumman has said that it can follow troops on foot at about five miles an hour over rough terrain that conventional combat vehicles would find impassable.

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According to the MADSS is somewhat modular and can be fit with a wide array of weaponry from M240s and M249s to Mk 19 40mm automatic grenade launchers and Ma Deuces. Northrop Grumman has also alluded to 25 and 30mm weapon systems, which likely means autocannons — this may be one of the most terrifying land robots outside of science fiction

Capable of serving multiple roles depending on how it’s equipped, the MADSS is also a load-bearer. The robot can be used to store and haul supplies, weapons and ammo or whatever else is called for. That is because it’s a variant of another new Northrop Grumman vehicle, the Carry-all Modular Equipment Landrover, or CaMEL, which is an un-armed remote-control vehicle built for freight.

The CaMEL uses a hybrid diesel-electric powertrain that runs six independent electric motors, one for each wheel, that provides over than 20 hours of continuous operations on 3.5 gallons of fuel. That’s while hauling 1,000 pounds of cargo.