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China’s giant combat robot braces for upcoming fight with robots from US, Japan

By Jiang Jie (People's Daily Online)    13:52, October 19, 2017

The battle between “Transformer” and “Gundam” ended with a sweeping victory for American MegaBots, beating Japanese Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s Kuratas 2-1 in the competition. Now China is gearing up for a fight, expected as early as the end of 2017.

Chinese giant combat robot Yamantaka delivered its challenge last September. It has since then been talking to the two companies with the world’s leading giant combat robots. “I might be bragging, but we have the most advanced combat robot technology, from defense and attack ability and mobility to operation ability,” Zhang Hongfei, founder and CEO of FMB, which designed and made Yamantaka, told People’s Daily Online.

(Photo of Yamantaka. Courtesy of FMB)

The China-US-Japan giant combat robot fight could happen as early as the end of this year, and no later than the middle of 2018, Zhang revealed. “We can do one-on-one, or we can take on both at the same time,” he said, adding that Yamantaka is ready to go all out for the games, even if it may cause the total destruction of the multi-million dollar machine.

He pointed out that Russia and Germany are also preparing to launch their own combat robots, making a giant combat robot world cup possible in the coming years.

Kuratas and MegaBots may be invited to China for the game. MegaBots have designed three versions of their combat robot, the latest being the 12-ton Eagle Prime. Meanwhile, Yamantaka’s upgraded version is also under construction.

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