Russian weapons maker Kalashnikov Concern has unveiled what is being dubbed a "killer robot," although it seems like it would be easily defeated by Ewoks if it's ever deployed to the far side of Endor.
In a video posted August 20 on the website of Kalashnikov — yes, that Kalashnikov — the company showed off what it called a "controllable bipedal complex." That's Russian engineering speak for a 13-foot-tall vehicle that walks on two legs.
However, it's worth pointing out that the video doesn't show any movement. It just shows a static, gold-colored pod with fully-tinted windows that has two legs and two mechanical arms. Is it actually a vehicle that could be used on a battlefield, or a giant paperweight standing outside the Kalashnikov factory?
I'm not sure.
Still, the company claims the AT-ST Walker lookalike is bulletproof, weighs 4.5 tons, and can hold and move weapons in its arms, according to The Daily Mail.
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