US Air Force Deploys Robot Dogs To Defend Its Perimeters
In a recent field test, the US military deployed deployed four-legged “robot dogs” to defend the perimeters of an Air Force base.
The canine robots are called Vision 60 and were built by Ghost Robotics. Designed to conduct remote inspection, surveillance, or mapping missions, as well has having capabilities to patrol perimeters at air bases, there's a wide range of uses for these robotic animals. According to Ghost Robotics, customers are able to build solution-specific Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles for virtually any use. They can customise every detail such as sensors, radios, and even size the robot to suit requirements. This could very well be the future of security.
The robot dogs and their field test are part of a much larger scheme. The event was intended to stress test the Department of the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), which is a highly sophisticated real-time information-sharing system. In a real world situation, the amount of information involved would be enormous, potentially too much to handle. This was effectively a test run to see how participants would be able to handle the information overload, as if it was an actual operation.
While the quadrupedal dogs are an essential addition to the system, they are also a relatively small part of the much larger battle management system. Over the course of five years, the Air Force was granted in excess of $3.3 billion to help them develop the complex systems which were required. Modern warfare demands data and information be there and available at a moments notice. Potential enemies have also been experimenting with such systems so it's important that the US and their allies continue development to maintain the strategic advantage. Take a look at the V60 robots in action below.
While they are still in their testing phase, it's clear to see the benefits of such equipment. Having robot dogs with capabilities equal to, if not greater than living dogs means less canine lives are put at risk unnecessarily should an issue arise. Furthermore, it removes the need for constant human handling with all controls being operated remotely, reducing the risk to human life too. With dozens of applications, these robot canines could change the world of security both with military and civilian benefits.