AK-47 maker Kalashnikov developing AI controlled gun

The maker of the world's most deadly firearm has unveiled plans for a radical AI controlled gun for the Russian military.

Kalashnikov, best known for its AK-47 rifle, is building 'a range of products based on neural networks,' including a 'fully automated combat module' that can identify and shoot at its targets. 

The new products were revealed in an interview with Kalashnikov spokeswoman Sofiya Ivanova by TASS, a Russian government information agency. 

The Kalashnikov 'combat module' will consist of a gun connected to a console that constantly analyses image data to identify targets. According to Kalashnikov it will be able to 'make decisions' on whether to shoot.

The Kalashnikov 'combat module' will consist of a gun connected to a console that constantly analyses image data to identify targets. According to Kalashnikov it will be able to 'make decisions' on whether to shoot.

The Kalashnikov 'combat module' will consist of a gun connected to a console that constantly crunches image data 'to identify targets and make decisions,' Ivanova told TASS. 

'In the imminent future, the Group will unveil a range of products based on neural networks,' she said.

'A fully automated combat module featuring this technology is planned to be demonstrated at the Army-2017 forum.' 

The exhibition of Russian military hardware is due to take place from 22-27 August in Moscow.

According to the expo's web site, it will feature a range of 'cloud connected' military devices alongside the latest hardware. 

A Kalashnikov photo that ran with the TASS piece showed a turret-mounted weapon that appeared to fire rounds of 25mm or so, according to Defense One.

Russian weapons makers see robotics and AI as key to future sales, according to Sergey Denisentsev, a visiting fellow at the Center For Strategic International Studies.

'There is a need to look for new market niches such as electronic warfare systems, small submarines and robots, but that will require strong promotional effort because a new technology sometimes finds it hard to find a buyer and to convince the buyer that he really needs it,' Denisentsev said in April. 

In 2015, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said fully automated killing machines were un-American.

Dale Ormond, who directs research at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering said at Thursday's Defense One Tech Summit that he did 'not foresee that Department of Defense would give AI the ability to make decisions on executing lethal force.'

Instead, the U.S. military wants its AI to focus first on helping intelligence analysts sift through data and make faster decisions. 

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of Klashnikov sub-machinegun holds his AK-47 with serial number 1 during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of his famous weapon

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of Klashnikov sub-machinegun holds his AK-47 with serial number 1 during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of his famous weapon

Earlier this year Kalashnikov revealed its first ever spy-in-the-sky drone and is

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