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Why China's ammunition factories are being turned over to robots

By the South China Morning Post

Jan 02, 2018

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A researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shenyang Institute of Automation told the South China Morning Post that about a quarter of the country’s ammunition factories had replaced many workers with “smart machines” or begun to do so.

The robots, with manmade “hands and eyes,” could assemble different types of deadly explosives, including artillery shells, bombs and rockets, he said. They could also make more sophisticated ammunition such as guided bombs, equipped with computer chips and sensors, that could carry out precision strikes.

Xu Zhigang said a more basic reason for the use of robots was that ammunition factories were running out of workers. “However high the salary offered, young people are simply not interested in working in an army ammunition plant nowadays,” he said.

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