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A robot with the ability to fight fires on board warships has been developed by military scientists based on the popular Star Wars character C-3PO.
It might sound like something out of another galaxy, but the life-saving robot will be tested next year on U.S navy boats.
ASH, the Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid, will have the capacity to operate in smoke-filled areas, climb ladders, pass though narrow corridors and even react to human gestures in order to put out lethal blazes.
Earlier this year a $1.5 million (£930,000) competition to create a humanoid which can carry out life-threatening work was launched by the secret Defence Projects Agency.
They would be used in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, industrial accidents or natural disasters by the U.S. military, who hope to increase their use of robots.
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