THE FRENCH military has been given the green light to develop super soldiers that can resist pain, stay awake longer and have boosted brain power and hearing.
The “augmented soldiers” could be given extra military capabilities through implants, prosthetics and medical treatments that give them a bionic boost.
The French military has been given the go-ahead to develop ‘augmented’ soldiers
French armed forces minister Florence Parly said “invasive” augmentations are not currently part of military plans.Credit: Reuters
The ethical committee of the armed forces ministry gave the nod to the proposals in a new report launched on Tuesday, which said in a report that France needed to keep up with countries that were already working to produce super-soldiers.
The proposals aim to improve “physical, cognitive, perceptive and psychological capacities,” and could allow for location tracking or connectivity with weapons systems and other soldiers.
The committee has outlined some of its research, which includes drugs to keep troops awake for long periods of time and combat stress, and even surgery to improve hearing.
The committee said that France needs to maintain “operational superiority of its armed forces in a challenging strategic context”, reported CNN.
But it may be some time before French soldiers come to resemble the Justice League’s Cyborg, with his superhuman strength and mechanically-enhanced body.
Any move towards creating the ‘bionic’ soldiers would have to be made while respecting the humanitarian law, added the report from the 18-strong committee of ethical experts.
Modifications that would affect a soldier’s ability to manage the use of force, affect their sense of humanity or stop them going back to civilian life are banned.
The report gave the hypothetical example of a soldier whose arm was replaced by a prosthetic that doubled as a weapon, which would not be allowed as they would be unable to leave the armed forces.
French armed forces minister Florence Parly said “invasive” augmentations such as implants are not currently part of military plans.
“But we have to be clear, not everyone has the same scruples as us and we have to prepare ourselves for such a future,” she said.