Machines that can be controlled remotely are already being actively used in war. So far, the most famous drones have been drones that can survey areas, but also eliminate targets. However, this is not the only remote control technology. A ‘robot dog’ armed with an anti-tank rocket launcher installed on its back was shown off today at Russia’s “Army 2022” arms expo. President Vladimir Putin, the expo runs from August 15 to 22 at the Patriot Park in Kubinka, just outside of Moscow. Apparently, robotic dogs could be used to deliver medicine and travel through dangerous or hard-to-reach areas. However, a robotic dog equipped with a rocket launcher appeared at the show.
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Is this new military equipment?
The footage was taken at the Russian army expo outside of Moscow, which runs from Monday to Sunday. The robotic dog is named M-81 and has an RPG-26 on its back. It is not yet clear whether this robot is semi-autonomous or manually controlled. It is speculated to be Chinese made.
“When used in combat, the robotic dog can also be engaged in target designation, patrolling and security,” the developers said.
Anyone can buy robotic dogs on the Internet
The dog is wearing a black suit, apparently for stealth and to hide its technical details. Anyone can buy robotic dogs on the Internet. This military dog is terrifying because it moves easily and can easily and silently enter enemy territory. It has already become the target of many jokes on the Internet because it resembles commercially available robotic dogs that anyone can buy for a few thousand dollars.
Секрет російського воєнпрому: техніка з Аліекспрес та чорні панчохи, вкрадені в Україні 🤷
Це «вундерваффе» сьогодні показали на російській виставці «Армія-2022». pic.twitter.com/SnyZGswlnO
— Букви (@Bykvu) August 15, 2022
This is not a new idea
Placing weapons on robot dogs is not a new idea. S.W.O.R.D. International and Ghost Robotics shared photographs of their own robotic dog last year that carried a sniper rifle. S.W.O.R.D. said it did not plan to use the dogs for autonomous use, according to PC Magazine.
“If we can use this system on any unmanned platform to interrogate these dangerous areas in conjunction with troops on the ground, warfighters will have a better chance of returning home to their families,” S.W.O.R.D. told the outlet.
This year, a video showcasing a robotic dog firing and PP-19 Vityaz, a Russian submachine gun was also published.
All the people who laughed off the “worrywarts” years ago for freaking out about the Funny Dancing Robot Dogs ™ should be forced to watch this video once a day for the remainder of the year. pic.twitter.com/WBIrlGah3w
— Sean Chiplock @ (SOON) PWR^ South Bend (@sonicmega) July 20, 2022
The US military also uses them
It seems that robotic dogs will be used all over the world. Even the US Air Force uses them to survey remote locations with hazardous materials.
“As a mobile sensor platform, the Q-UGVs will significantly increase situational awareness for defenders,” Mark Shackley, the security forces program manager at Tyndall, said in a press release at the time. “They can patrol the remote areas of a base while defenders can continue to patrol and monitor other critical areas of an installation.”