This Robot Is Kicking Llamas Out Of The Israeli Army

Jul 12, 2017 at 5:29 PM ET

Who needs llamas when you have robots?

Meet the Israeli army’s new mule. The infantry robotic porter is a remotely controlled transportation device designed to deliver ammo, food, and equipment to the battlefield while keeping the driver safe.

The infantry robots can carry up to 500 kilograms and can be operated from a mile and a half away.

In the past, this job has fallen to llamas, but these new “beasts” can also maneuver over rough terrain. And with a maximum speed of six miles per hour, they more-or-less match their four-legged counterparts’ ability to cover ground.

They won’t be armed for now, but that could always change.

Infantry units will receive experimental versions of these robots in September.

Then the llamas will truly be out of a job.