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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 08:54 PM

Robot Dogs Can Now Have Assault Rifles Mounted On Their Backs







https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42717/robot-dogs-can-now-have-6-5mm-assault-rifles-mounted-on-their-backs


Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting "robot dog." Called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, the system adds a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from SWORD to one of Ghost Robotics' quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles, or Q-UGVs.

The SPUR made its debut on the show floor at the Association of the U.S. Army's main annual convention in Washington, D.C., which opened yesterday. Though Ghost Robotics is partnered with a number of other companies to explore defense and security applications, among others, for its Q-UGVs — which you can read more about in this past War Zone feature — this appears to be the first example of one of these unmanned systems with an actual weapon mounted on it. Unarmed examples of the Q-UGV are notably already in limited use with the U.S. Air Force's 325th Security Forces Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and are being tested by other units within that service.

The exact configuration of the 6.5mm gun inside the SPUR module — how much ammunition it contains, and how hard it might be to reload — are all unclear. Ghost Robotics has said that SPUR can be instructed remotely to chamber the first round from an unloaded state, as well as clear the chamber and safe the gun.

In terms of the weapon itself, SWORD does offer derivatives of the 5.56x45mm AR-15/M16 family, as well as similar, but larger caliber guns, more akin to the Armalite AR-10 or Knights Armament Company SR-25. Those rifles come in calibers such as 7.62x51mm, 6.5mm Creedmoor, .300 Norma Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum. 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.


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 08:58 PM

1. Call them armed quadriped robots, not dogs. Ugh.

These are definitely NOT man's best friend!

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:04 PM

2. But robots aren't "citizens" or are they? nt

 

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:08 PM

3. "Sparky wants a Doggie Yum-Yum. NOW!!!" nt

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:12 PM

4. ...

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:13 PM

5. Looks like the big machine gun shooting robots in Robo Cop

Not liking this much.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:18 PM

15. ...and the "drone walkers" in the tv show Colony...

Set in a dystopian future during an alien occupation.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:16 PM

6. Everyone thought they were cute 10 years ago...

Now we’re a step away from Robocop and Skynet

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Response to AZSkiffyGeek (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:57 PM

11. Those dancing robots are why the machines rebel

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Response to relayerbob (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:01 PM

12. I remember the emgineers beating them

Knocking them over… Kicking them…
I know there will eventually be an uprising starting at Boston Labs…

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:17 PM

7. Now, there's a headline you don't see everyday

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:19 PM

8. I Robot.........nuff said. Oh, not really, but damn, it's coming to that......and I don't like it.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:39 PM

9. Looks like some of the robot dogs on the new British war of the worlds series

Great. So glad we are developing these.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:55 PM

10. That's some seriously scary shit

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:07 PM

13. Now the cops can work at home...

... without putting themselves in danger.


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:13 PM

14. The Dogs of War. Where/how to use?

Against other dogs? Or humans?

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Thu Oct 14, 2021, 10:28 AM

16. Our military is recruiting video gamers. They are very good at remote controlling killing machines.

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