The military ground robot market was valued at $3.4 billion in 2011 and has been anticipated to be worth a total market value of $12.3 billion by 2018.
Growth within the military ground robot market looks set to be predominantly driven by the need for the modernisation of the military, along with the fact that providing a robot is less expensive to put in the field than a trained soldier and the desire to keep the trained soldiers out of harm's way.
Military ground robots come with the main benefit of permitting vital protection of soldiers and people in the field, which in turn creates the possibility of reducing fatalities.
Robots are set to play a much more significant role in military operations going forward. Just as automated process has revolutionized the banking and insurance industry, robotics are set to do the same for the military and all security.
Between 50 and 80 countries either already utilise defence robotic systems, or are in the process of building or acquiring the technology to incorporate them into their military programs.
Better surveillance and better automated mobility controlled from a relatively safe remote site are the aim for military ground robots.
The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts gave rise to the development and use of military robotics in terms of security. As these conflicts start to become resolved, military robots are finding new uses as border patrol. For example, the 250 kilometre demilitarised zone between South and North Korea is patrolled along its entire length.
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