FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Military Robots ‘Ready For War’?
A video shared on Instagram allegedly shows a robot designed by the U.S. military that is “ready for war.”
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The original video, which was shared by the visual effects company Corridor on YouTube in 2019, is a comedic parody called “New Robot Makes Soldiers Obsolete.” A subsequent video shared by the company reveals they created the robot using computer-generated imagery (CGI).
The George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex, a military combat laboratory at Texas A&M University, opened on Nov. 3, 2022, according to TexasMonthly. The laboratory, which is partially funded by the U.S. Army, will allow for the development of lasers, drones, and other “cutting-edge weaponry,” the outlet reported.
The Instagram video, liked over 100 times, purports the U.S. military has robots that are “ready for war.” In the video, the robots can be seen firing guns at various stationary targets, reactions while being shoved and getting up from being pushed to the ground.
“They Got military robots ready for war,” reads text featured in the video.
The video is digitally altered. The video in the post appears to stem from a YouTube video titled “New Robot Makes Soldiers Obsolete,” which was published by the visual effects company Corridor in 2019. A disclaimer included with the video indicates it is a “comedic parody.”
A subsequent video published by Corridor reveals the company used CGI to create “fake military robots” at California Tactical Academy.
There are no credible news reports suggesting the military has robots that are ready for war. Likewise, there is no mention of the development of this new technology on the U.S. Army’s verified social media pages or its website.
Check Your Fact has contacted the U.S. Army for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. (RELATED: Did The U.S. Military Hang Bridget Brink For Treason?)
This is not the first time a false claim surrounding the U.S. military has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a post purporting the U.S. Army Special Forces had destroyed a COVID-19 research laboratory at Boston University after researchers created a new strain of the virus.