US Air Force introduces “robot dogs” for combat [Video]

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The US Air Force demonstrated “robot dog,” devices which use artificial intelligence to discover and counter threats, during a military exercise at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada last week.
  • The four-legged machine is part of the military’s Advanced Battle Management System.
  • According to Ghost Robotics of Philadelphia, the maker of robot dogs, they are called the Vision 60 UGVs or “autonomous unmanned ground vehicles,” and are unstoppable.

Imploring its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) program, the US Air Force has introduced faceless robot dogs to be used for combat. 

Last week, the machine-made dogs were tested in a security exercise at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, military officials said. They were deployed before soldiers would enter the scene.

The robots served as area navigators as the troops prepared for reloading and refueling on the ground. 

In a statement, Sgt. Lee Boston said that “the dogs give us visuals of the area, all while keeping our defenders closer to the aircraft.”

Assistant secretary Will Roper of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics said that the forces are confronted with “a dizzying array of information” to become victorious on their upcoming military operations.

“Valuing data as an essential warfighting resource, one no less vital than jet fuel or satellites is the key to next-gen warfare,” he said.

Ghost Robotics of Philadelphia, the creator of the robot dogs, called them as Vision 60 UGVs or “autonomous unmanned ground vehicles.”

“A core design principle for our legged robots is reduced mechanical complexity when compared to any other legged robots, and even traditional wheeled-tracked UGVs,” the company said on its website.

“By reducing complexity, we inherently increase durability, agility, and endurance. Our Q-UGVs are unstoppable,” they said.

Using artificial intelligence to discover and counteract any threats in the battlefield, the robot hounds were part of the ABMS.

Source: New York Post

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