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29th August, 2019

Robots and drones for border defence?

The cabinet would prefer to boost the defence of Hungary’s southern borders with “autonomous robots” and drones from the end of 2021, Népszava reports.

The 60-page document entitled “Hungary’s National Integrated Border Administration Strategy”, says that Hungary is participating in an international project to develop “autonomous robotic troops for border surveillance”.

The document stats that the results of this research should be applied by the end of 2021 at the latest.

The EU border monitoring system Roborder has been in development since 2017 with EU funding, and the National Police has contributed Ft 83 million.

Most data about the operation of the Roborder system remains classified. However, it is known that the system will make use of ground-based mobile units and monitoring drones. An officer would decide on the basis of their recordings whether it is necessary to send “live reinforcements” to a particular location.

Police did not respond to Népszava’s requests for comment.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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