The next Spam weapon system?

#2
Would you really want to be 10 feet in the air when there are guys running around with RPGs? Thought not!

Might be useful for some things though - Heavy handling (as in the film Aliens), civil engineering, demolitions (civvy, not big bangs), that sort of thing
 
#6
THE JAPAN TIMES said that a robot can be ridden by a human.
The Land Walker robot, said the newspaper, is 3.4 metres high, weighs a ton, can move in all directions at one and a half kilometres an hour, and shoot sponge bullets at your enemies.

But you're going to have to dig into your pocket for a spare 36 million yen if you want to ride the pavements like a crazy.

We have a funny feeling that quite a few authorities won't be wanting this giant robot stomping over the pavements and sidewalks of this world.
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=23326

36'000'000 japanese Yen = 274'369 Euro
3,4 m high and only 1,5 km/h
"Drop the rpg or I´ll use sponge balls" :lol:

Japan's Sakakibara Machinery Works has unveiled its version of a sit-in walking robot, dubbed Land Walker 2.
The 3.4m, one-tonne robot walks at 1.5km/h. It is operated by four pedals in the cockpit.

A monitor showing the feet area helps the driver watch their step.

Air guns on each side of robot shoot a rubber ball 20-30m. The company sells it for 36 million yen ($43,500).

However owners are advised that these land walkers are vulnerable to hostile Ewoks and Wookies.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15163650-13762,00.html
 
#7
Perhaps it's an interesting first step towards a "Heavy Gear" (old PC game) type IFV or carrier.
IIRC the game featured similarly sized (~3m)walking vehicles that had similar mobility and flexibility to a foot-soldier with vastly improved load-carrying capacity that could be used to mount a variety of weapons including mortars and guided rockets.
A bit far-fetched perhaps but a practical way of getting heavy weapons into places where tracks or wheels can't go would be usefull wouldn't it?
 
#8
Seen the video it dosent have the stomping action .The us dod have some sort of research program into walking platforms but its long term.
i seem to remeber .Would be fun to have that turn up at cophill down but
even if you covered it in chobham and added chainguns I wouldnt take it round iraq unless i was tired of life . :)
 
#9
Such things won't be practical until they can do everything a dismounted soldier can i.e. crouch behind cover, lean out from cover, drop flat on their faces and hope that anything bad flies right over, etc., etc.
 
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