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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
AKMs save money as they are cheaper than human forces.
In the long run AKMs are cheaper to produce and maintain.
The use of AKMs is
than the expensive deployment of soldiers.
Human soldiers, even out of action, consume resources and require expensive training. AKMs, in contrast, can be stored at a far lower cost while not in use.
Less soldiers dying or being physically or psychologically harmed will drive down long-term warfare costs which are
Because of demographic change, a shrinking work force and rising social costs, it will become ever more expensive for the West to safeguard its security with human soldiers. AKMs can help circumvent these problems.
There are already many percursors on the market which are cost-efficient.
The development cost of AKMs that are as effective as humans is very high.
Future Combat Systems
was close to AKMs in real situations and was aborted because of high costs.
AKMs are not the most cost efficient weapons available and therefore should not be designed.