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Free Syrian Army Improvised Machine Gun Drone

Published Oct. 31, 2021

Members of the Free Syrian Army design and complete their own robot for the famous tv show Robot Wars. There's no way they lose going in with this strategy.


This is older footage from the Syrian Civil War, and I'm surprised I haven't seen it already. There's a lot of improvisation and war engineering that went into that first few years of the civil war there. We've seen robots like this in the past controlled wirelessly by PlayStation controllers, and pretty much everything from trebuchets to commercial drones have been used in that conflict. This however, is the first time I'm seeing a robot that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars in the Syrian Civil War.


I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this thing probably didn't last too long. It's first major drawback is that it appears to be wired to the controller device, which doesn't make it much more useful than just having a guy tote the machine gun around. The only real advantage it has is that it doesn't put a member of the FSA directly into the line of fire against enemy direct fire weapon systems. The drawbacks however probably outweigh the one thing it has going for it by a lot.


Either way, it's an interesting video, and an interesting feat of engineering, so I thought it would be worth putting up here today.


josh brooks

Published Oct. 31, 2021

Members of the Free Syrian Army design and complete their own robot for the famous tv show Robot Wars. There's no way they lose going in with this strategy.


This is older footage from the Syrian Civil War, and I'm surprised I haven't seen it already. There's a lot of improvisation and war engineering that went into that first few years of the civil war there. We've seen robots like this in the past controlled wirelessly by PlayStation controllers, and pretty much everything from trebuchets to commercial drones have been used in that conflict. This however, is the first time I'm seeing a robot that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars in the Syrian Civil War.


I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this thing probably didn't last too long. It's first major drawback is that it appears to be wired to the controller device, which doesn't make it much more useful than just having a guy tote the machine gun around. The only real advantage it has is that it doesn't put a member of the FSA directly into the line of fire against enemy direct fire weapon systems. The drawbacks however probably outweigh the one thing it has going for it by a lot.


Either way, it's an interesting video, and an interesting feat of engineering, so I thought it would be worth putting up here today.


josh brooks

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