Samsung Group: Production of fully autonomous weapons (Killer Robots)

Samsung Techwin, a subsidiary of Samsung Group, is involved in the development and production of autonomous weapons systems, so called ‘killer robots’. Questions have been raised on the compliance of these weapons with international human rights and humanitarian law. South Korea plans to purchase Samsung’s SGR-A1 to control its border to Northern Korea.1 The SGR-A1 has cameras, heat and motion sensors and carries various weapon systems2 and has an automatic mode that enables the robot to fire autonomously.3


  1. Deutsche Mittelstands Nachrichten (2014): Roboter: Südkorea entwickelt ersten Terminator; 2 October: http://www.deutsche-mittelstands-nachrichten.de/2014/10/67003/ (accessed 13.10.2014) []
  2. Crane, D. (2014): Samsung SGR-A1 Armed/Weaponized Robot Sentry (or ‘Sentry Robot’) Remote Weapons Station (RWS) Finally Ready for Prime Time? 17 September: http://www.defensereview.com/samsung-sgr-a1-armedweaponized-robot-sentry-or-sentry-robot-remote-weapons-station-rws-finally-ready-for-prime-time/ (accessed 13.10.2014) []
  3. Deutsche MittelstandsNachrichten (2014): Roboter: Südkorea entwickelt ersten Terminator; 2 October: http://www.deutsche-mittelstands-nachrichten.de/2014/10/67003/ (accessed 13.10.2014) []

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