Russia’s Kalashnikov arms manufacturer has unveiled a robotic weapon that resembles an action film character that observers suspect has no moving parts.
The 4 meter, 4.5 metric ton prototype was among several robotic systems presented at the annual ARMY-2018 military and technical forum held outside Moscow. The concept design resembles a pod-like structure that stands in a chicken-walker pose and is designed to “solve engineering and combat tasks.”
According to a Kalashnikov source cited by the RBC news website, the anthropomorphic creature was dubbed “Igoryok,” a diminutive of the Russian name Igor. The company’s press service denied that the walking weapon had been given a name.
The tech website Gizmodo likened Igoryok to “just a statue.”
“It’s one thing to build a ‘concept’ walker. It’s something else entirely to build a walker that actually... walks,” it wrote.