14 oct 2021 06:16 GMT
This weapon system has “high capacity” sensors that allow it to function “in a wide variety of conditions, both day and night.”
The companies Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a robot dog with an integrated “lethal” weapon system they call a “special purpose unmanned rifle” (SPUR).
The SPUR presentation was held on October 11 at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington DC and, according to its creators, its main objective is “to offer precision fire from unmanned platforms such as the quadruped Ghost Robotics Vision 60 “.
This innovative weapons system has “security, reload, clearance and firing capabilities that allow for safe and reliable deployment. […], giving the operator the ability to load and secure the weapon from a distance, “explains SWORD International on its website.
The flagship of the SPUR is its Creedmoor rifle with 6.5 mm cartridges that can fire accurately up to a distance of 1,200 meters. In addition, this weapon system has “high capacity” sensors that allow it to function “in a wide variety of conditions, both day and night.”
SPUR developers believe that “it is the future of unmanned weapons systems.”
Robot dogs have become very popular in recent years and several companies have opted to manufacture them to fulfill multiple functions, from providing surveillance and protection to being a guide for blind people or even more banal ones such as ‘peeing’ beer.