Do we have any need for real mecha?

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  1. NathimusPrime

    NathimusPrime Well-Known Member

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    would the military have any need to actually ever build large, piloted, bipedal, humanoid robots? id like to imagine it as a possible future, but the only reason i could think of would be intimidation.
     
  2. doomboy536

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    Well what exactly do you propose we do when the Clans invade?
     
  3. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    You mean besides cool factor....
     
  4. Murasame

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    They could get into terrain, where tanks could not get.

    But on the other hand:
    Why do we still have the need for war? Why can't everybody just get along. It would be much easier for everyone, if people would work together, instead of fighting each other.
     
  5. AAarcher221

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    There's gonna be war because of human nature. Two people don't agree, but they won't know how to solve it.

    But using mechs for warfare? You got to look bitchin' when you're shooting down your enemy, you know!
     
  6. MetalicGrunt

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    Ask and you shall receive...

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    And yes, the US Army is delevoping Real transformers as well....

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    The Army TF is called the DArpa TX
     
  7. SPLIT LIP

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    No real need for robots, not for anything that exists right now.

    Four-legged robots would be better for climbing terrain tanks can't, as they're more stable than two-legs.

    Until giant bipedal monsters sprout up from the ocean that specifically call for giant people to fist-fight them and wrangle them like gators, bipedal robotss will only ever exist at small-scale for smaller purposes.
     
  8. MetalicGrunt

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    Might want to read the above stories...

    The US is building 6 foot terminators--- and yes thats what the Army is calling them. And when I worked as a Dept of the Army Civillian in College, My home station was the post that was partially designing and building these guys @ PEO Soldier
     
  9. lars573

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    Wake me in 30 years when those get field tested.
     
  10. MetalicGrunt

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    They're being field tested-- NOW!
     
  11. Wrecker217

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    Didn't the Japanese start manufacturing a mecha on four wheels armed with a water bottle rocket launcher and airsoft miniguns that fire when you smile?
     
  12. lars573

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    The quadruped one maybe, that could have a practical power plant put on it. But I'll be decades before any of the others reach deployment. If they don't get canned for being too expensive before that point.
     
  13. MetalRyde

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    for the military use? quite possible.

    but if Robot Jox taught us anything, they can be use for sports entertainment.
     
  14. MetalicGrunt

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    Yes the Bi-pedal ones are being tested now as well.- The 4 legged one, has for the most part, already completed field testing - Hell they were field testing the talon and Sword Robots in Iraq when I was there in 06/07, and the Dog bot was first deployed in 2009
     
  15. Gordon_4

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    There's probably no real need for them, to me they're a fun part of speculative fiction. I can see is maybe the Power Loader from Aliens being made in maybe 100 years or so.
     
  16. Aernaroth

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    I doubt that mecha as we know them in fiction will ever serve much of a military purpose, they'd simply be too large and unwieldly in an age where combined air and land power, speed, and coordinated movement are considered key to military action. There just doesn't seem to be any role a mecha could fill that another form of technology couldn't do better, without some sort of macguffin to shift the balance for the mecha.

    For powered armor at the infantry scale, however, it might be a lot more useful, as an armored soldier could carry squad-level or heavy personell-based weapons and deploy them more quickly and safely than an unarmored soldier, while maintaining the small size and ability to move into enclosed spaces that a tank or drone lacks.

    Mecha could also be a huge benefit to the construction and logistics industries, performing tasks now relegated to forklifts, cranes, and robotic equipment with greater speed and precision.
     
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    Wouldn't bipedal mechs be at a disadvantage on the battlefield?
     
  18. MetalicGrunt

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    I give it 5 years....

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  19. Aernaroth

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    Giant, lumbering human-shaped targets moving on two relatively thin pillars that require shifting it off balance to move? Yes, I would say so.
     
  20. Starfire22

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    Yeah I thought so.