Russia, as it turns out, is at least as concerned with the coming of our robot overlords as the Americans. Because even as they move forward with increased reliance on robotic battlefield systems, Moscow is still reluctant to remove humans completely from lethal decisions.
The rest of the article goes on to detail how the Russians are better than the Americans at unmanned ground vehicles. Because they’re not just thinking about automated pack mules, and instead of thinking about things like how getting humans out of gun platforms should be a good idea.
Which would mean that a single operator could, in theory, control several vehicles, bringing more fire to bear as a result. The challenge there is automating functions like loading and reloading the guns, because there’s a whole lot more than goes into tank ops that would never come into play for airborne unmanned aerial vehicles.
Where we need to worry is when, not if, Moscow figures out how to do all of those things. And starts fielding related systems faster than the US can. Which is going to happen, that’s certain. Less certain? Whether that deficit translates to real differences on the battlefield.