Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has shared video proof that his country has developed a combat robot codenamed FEDOR that can fire two pistols at once.
Mr Rogozin posted photos and video footage from his Twitter account this week of the terrifying prototype in action.
He stressed the machine is “not a Terminator” (a reference to the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger movie) and that the weapons testing is purely to increase its intelligence.
“Combat robotics is key to making intelligent machines. Its uses include aviation and space. Training in shooting is a way of teaching machines to instantly set priorities and make decisions,” he wrote in Russian.
“We are not creating a Terminator, only artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various spheres.”
In the video, the android fires two pistols at the same time at a series of targets, easily beating a human marksman.
— Дмитрий Рогозин (@Rogozin) April 14, 2017
It may sound incredible, but there is evidence the robot is designed for peaceful purposes.
Sputnik, a Russian news website, has reported the robot will be the first pilot of a new generation of spacecraft.
‘Fedor’ is the Russian version of the boy’s name ‘Theodore’, so it’s definitely got a masculine, if somewhat nerdy, vibe.
Other footage available on YouTube shows FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) driving a car, doing push-ups, crawling like a sniper and operating power tools.
In addition to being Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Rogozin holds the defence industry portfolio, which explains his fascination with the robot.
This hobby may not be good for the politician’s health.
Mr Rogozin, a self-professed gun nut, reportedly shot himself in the leg at a firing range back in 2015.
When he’s not talking up Russia’s defence industry, he often posts photos of himself on social media posing with firearms.