China Set to Deploy Killer Robots in Battle within Two Years, Analyst Warns

China is rapidly advancing its military capabilities in the field of autonomous systems, with plans to deploy killer robots in battle within the next two years, according to defence analyst Francis Tusa. Tusa highlighted China’s ability to develop new ship designs, submarine designs, and fighter aircraft designs at an astonishing pace, surpassing that of the United States. He expressed his belief that China will soon unveil autonomous machines, marking the beginning of a race in truly autonomous systems.

The recent unveiling of a robotic gun dog by Chinese firm Unitree Robotics during a military exercise with the Cambodian military further demonstrates China’s progress in this field. Tusa emphasized that China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is likely to be motivated by the desire to surpass the United States and the UK in developing a fully autonomous fighter aircraft, as it carries significant prestige. He also suggested that Russia may follow suit, inspired by China’s advancements.

The UK Ministry of Defence, while investing millions in AI-based weapons systems, has stated that it currently does not possess fully autonomous weapons and has no intention of developing them.