Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Wounded soldiers could one day be evacuated from the battlefield by a robot stretcher. A new remote-controlled battlefield vehicle that can be fitted to carry casualties will be unveiled in London next week.The Ironclad unmanned ground vehicle has been built by defence giant BAE Systems to take on some of the most dangerous jobs that soldiers face.The versatile electric-powered vehicle can currently be driven by wireless remote control, but will in future be fitted with artificial intelligence allowing it to navigate the battlefield on its own.Commanders can fit the chassis with a stretcher for casualty evacuation and the vehicle would make its own way back to an aid station, freeing up soldiers from stretcher-bearing duty.Alternatively, instead of a stretcher, the armoured chassis could be fitted with bomb disposal equipment, or cameras for risky reconnaissance missions. The vehicle could even be fitted with a machine gun to become a remote-controlled weapon, but BAE said it would always remain under human direction.Ironclad will be on display at the DSEI arms fair in London next week.Craig Fennell, future programmes director at BAE Systems Land, said: “Ironclad – while being a product in its own right – is also a step towards the battlefield of the future where we expect fleets of unmanned air and ground vehicles to work together, sharing situational awareness and pursuing combat objectives.“There will always be a human in the loop, but increasing use of autonomy and unmanned vehicles means they can focus on key decisions and have more options to avoid putting people in dangerous situations.”Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics mean autonomous vehicles will quickly come to play key roles in future conflicts, many technology experts believe.Last month more than 100 experts in the field called on the United Nations to ban the development of so called ‘killer robots’ that could open fire without human control.