A killer robot which can detect a human from over four miles away – and shoot them dead – could be being implemented at the Russian border.

The device will be used predominantly to detect low flying drones and other potential aerial weapons attempting to cross the border.

It will be able to monitor the location of drones, find information about their origin and track their movement, before sending all information to an operating base.

Features of the ‘Flight’ robot will include radar, thermal imaging and both colour and black and white video cameras.

Chief project engineer Dmitry Perminov said: “In its structure there is a radar unit that detects a target: human – to about 7km distance, the car – up to 10km.

“After detection, the target is in engaged using an optical system.”

And he confirmed that interest in the robot has already been significant.

Perminov added: “This system can be applied not only as a military interface , but also for the protection of any strategic objects.

“Interest in it is not only the military, but also in oil to control the pipeline and stop tapping and the theft of oil.

“We already had a real case during the system test. At some point [the robot] recorded the theft of electric cables.

“It filmed a video where a man was seen sawing a wire. A team was sent out and he was caught red-handed.”

The device is constantly being upgraded, according to Perminov and already has a high definition camera installed to make detection of unmanned drones easier.

Final software aims to be capable of being to tell the difference between allies and enemies.

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