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Robocop, who? South Korea's military to get high-tech makeover

Posted: 31 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:laser targets? GPS units? fuel battery?

They are stuff taken from sci-fi movies but South Korea is eyeing to have its military carry firearms with a laser-target system and real-time battleground display helmets by 2020.

This is according to which reported that during the Protection of National Defense Information 2007 organized by the Defense Security Command on May 22, a virtual-reality presentation was delivered which showed soldiers wearing a helmet that displays real-time battleground intelligence and can transmit and record voice messages with the installed microphone. Soldiers will carry special backpacks equipped with a GPS unit, war tactics transmitter, electronic map and fuel batteries. They will be armed with individual 20m-range firearms that have laser pointers and distance-to-target gauges, mini missiles and video cameras.

Moreover, soldiers' uniforms will automatically change colors to match the current battleground, monitor biorhythms, control body temperature and even sensor-hidden landmines and chemical weapons.

"The recent development of information technology is making many changes in the national defense sector and transforming the Korean military into a technology-based military structure as outlined in the futuristic 'National Defense Reform 2020," quotes General Hur Pyung-Hwan, head of the Defense Security Command.

In 2005, the Defense ministry unveiled the National Defense Reform 2020 that aims to build more future-oriented armed forces.

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