- For the most part, this degree of perfection is still an elusive dream, but Combat Robots are used by several cultures (particularly the Zhodani and Hivers) with varying amounts of success.
Most Combat Robots can be classified as:
- Security Robots (Paramilitary) (n.b. Legally Security Vehicle)
- Combat Robots (Military) (n.b. Legally Combat Vehicle)
- Reconnaissance Drones (Military and Paramilitary) (n.b. Legally Reconnaissance Vehicle or Survey Vehicle)
On a few worlds, warbots handle all local protection duties, protecting the populace from crime, or even fending off incursions by other governments on balkanized worlds. Local protection robots do not need weapons or armor as powerful and protective as other warbot configurations. But local protection robots do need a fair amount of brains, depending, of course, on the degree of sophont intervention in their operation.
Combat bots need good brains and armor, and some access to weapons, whether self-mounted or driven through slave robots by means of a communications link. Because of the expense and unreliability of battlefield expert systems, tactical warbots are practical at higher tech levels.
Reconnaissance Drones have good sensors and may also have armor and weapons. These are often guided by master units or sophonts at the scene using remote control.