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Israel Deploys Robot-Snipers On Gaza Border

PTI 29 Sep 2009, 3:06:37 IST

Israel has begun deploying stationary robot gun-and-sensor installations along its borders with the Gaza Strip, media reports said.

Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have begun deploying automated gun stations in pillboxes along the Gaza border.

The robot systems are said to mount cal-fifty (12.7mm) machine guns, protected by "armoured folding shields" until ready to fire.

According to sources, the auto-gun network is developed by Rafael, the Israeli state weapons bureau.
 Given the reported calibre of the weaponry, this suggests that the gun-bots in use are the Mini-Samson type, normally used as a remote-controlled gun turret on light fighting vehicles so as to avoid a gunner having to poke his torso up out of a hatch.

In this case, the automatic guns and their long range electro-optical sensors will be tied in by optic fibre to a command network which will also be able to draw information from existing ground sensors, manned aircraft, and overhead drones.