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The Defense Post . Robot dogs now have assault rifles on their backs

[quote]The gun pod, which is attached to the robot’s torso from the center, transformed it from a biomechanical oddity into a fearsome chimera, a weapon more familiar to the world of video games than a real one on a battlefield.

[quote]“Robots That Feel the World™” reads the brief display for Ghost Robotics at AUSA. The copy continues, referring to the robots as “Agile & unstoppable ruggedized ground drones with legs (Q-UGV™)” that can be used “for a broad range of military and homeland security applications.” (Q-UGV stands for quadrupedal uncrewed ground vehicle.)

[quote]The Q-UGV is also pitched as useful for “Perimeter Security,” or patrolling a base, “EOD,” or “explosive ordnance disposal,” and “CBRN,” or “Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence.” While EOD deals with small explosions and CBRN potentially deals with very large ones (or other hazards, such as chemical weapons), both are circumstances where having a robot deal with something deadly to humans can be lifesaving. Even if it’s just taking a first look at a roadside bomb, or using chemical sniffers to determine if a hazardous chemical is present in the air, it’s much better to have a robot take on the immediate risk.

[quote]But while some tasks seem like a good fit for a robot to reduce risk to humans, the signature innovation on display at the AUSA floor turned the robot into a threat. The Q-UGV is also listed as offering one other essential military function: “lethality.”

[quote]Starting in 2017, under Secretary of Defense James Mattis, “Lethality” became a focal point of military product marketing. Whereas in the past, military contractors would talk about how a weapon allows soldiers to meet mission objectives or protects the warfighter, “lethality” as a new buzzword meant everything had to be explained in terms of that ultimate military objective: killing people, in accordance with the laws of war and the task assigned.

[quote]In the case of the Q-UGV, lethality is straightforward. It means putting a gun on a robot dog.

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by Anonymousreply 11October 14, 2021 11:59 PM

[quote][bold]The weapon used in the SPUR module looks like it could have a sound suppressor fitted to the front end, which could make it more difficult for opponents to determine where the shooting might be coming from.[/bold]

[quote]The 6.5mm Creedmoor is not currently in any kind of widespread use by the military or other security forces, either in the United States or elsewhere around the world. However, U.S. Special Operations Command is notably in the process of acquiring light machine guns and rifles in this caliber, ostensibly to fill an intermediate niche in overall performance between existing 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm guns, as you can read more about here. Testing has shown that this 6.5mm round actually offers increased range over the various 7.62x51mm cartridges that are available to the U.S. special operations community now.

[quote][bold]Ghost Robotics says that SPUR is capable of precision fire out to 1,200 meters, or nearly 3,940 feet. This unmanned system already features impressive stabilization capabilities simply as a result of its quadrupedal design.[/bold]

[quote]"When our robots move around and you shove them, these forces are computed at 2,000 calculations per second per leg," Ghost Robotics CEO and founder Jiren Parikh told The War Zone's Brett Tingley in an interview last year, adding that the system is designed in such a way as to work to ensure it can keep functioning even if various onboard sensors it can use to help move around fail.

[quote]"We’re adjusting it to make it like a mammal. Our robot, when you see it climbing stairs or walking or running around, we turn off all the sensors," he continued. "It’s just feeling. It’s completely blind. The reason we do that is because if a warfighter or a mining company, if anybody is using our robot, this robot had better operate 99.99% of the time."

[quote]Regardless, giving the Q-UGV a weapon of its own offers a way for it to immediately prosecute any targets it might come across, if desired. This could be especially valuable given the idea that these "robot dogs," just like their real counterparts, will be able to get into tight spaces that present significant risks for their human "handlers," or just be hard for a person to access all. A 6.5mm Creedmoor gun would give it the option of engaging threats at more extended ranges, as well. This could be highly advantageous for perimeter security tasks, which is already one of its key missions, at least in expeditionary scenarios, as well as for scouting and urban warfare military operations.

[quote]“These dogs will be an extra set of eyes and ears while computing large amounts of data at strategic locations throughout Tyndall Air Force Base,” Air Force Major Jordan Criss, the head of the 325th Security Forces Squadron, said in a statement after a test involving the Q-UGVs last year. “They will be a huge enhancement for our defenders and allow flexibility in the posting and response of our personnel.”

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by Anonymousreply 1October 13, 2021 11:00 PM

copy/paste mistake in the title, apologies.

by Anonymousreply 2October 13, 2021 11:01 PM

Welcome to Black Mirror.

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by Anonymousreply 3October 13, 2021 11:07 PM


Wait til your neighbors start buying them to patrol their property. Or your homeowners association gets them for security. Then your local government puts them in parks to keep out the homeless.

by Anonymousreply 4October 13, 2021 11:24 PM

As long as they don't come in my yard and leave a deposit of ammo.

by Anonymousreply 5October 13, 2021 11:36 PM

Lethal shmethal…I could take that thing out with one shotgun round….it would become so much shrapnel. Junk except for its camera and RC functions.

by Anonymousreply 6October 14, 2021 12:02 AM

I better not wind up with one as a foster!

by Anonymousreply 7October 14, 2021 12:09 AM

Probably shouldn't enable that "learn at geometric rate" feature.

by Anonymousreply 8October 14, 2021 3:23 AM

[quote]Wait til your neighbors start buying them to patrol their property. Or your homeowners association gets them for security. Then your local government puts them in parks to keep out the homeless.

My first thought was SWAT teams & the National Guard.

by Anonymousreply 9October 14, 2021 7:26 PM

The FBI should buy a buy and have them play "Who let the dogs out" when they turn them on peaceful demonstrators.

by Anonymousreply 10October 14, 2021 11:58 PM

^buy a bunch

by Anonymousreply 11October 14, 2021 11:59 PM
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