Extra! Korea

July 14, 2010

Hopefully, these robots shoot better than Engkey teaches English

Filed under: North Korea, science, technology — extrakorea @ 7:09 am

According to the Chosun Ilbo, robot sentries are now manning the DMZ and other areas that border North Korea.

“We’re going to deploy such robots at all posts along the DMZ by year’s end if the trial operation is successful,” the officer said. The military authorities could also deploy them on the five islands near the maritime border in the West Sea.

Equipment consists of a camera, a K-4 high-speed machine gun, and a central control system. Each robot is said to cost about W400 million (US$1=W1,212). The surveillance camera sends images to the command and control room in real time. If it detects an approaching enemy, the robot is activated to fire 40 mm rounds at high speed.

Hopefully, they’ll be better at shooting North Korean invaders than Engkey is at teaching English.


  1. Oh what fun when Pyongyang collapses and these start shooting at refugees trying to escape south.

    Comment by kushibo — July 15, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    • Actually, according to the article, they can’t shoot on their own. In other words, they’re remote-controlled gun turrets with enhanced sensors.

      Comment by extrakorea — July 15, 2010 @ 5:06 am

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