U.S. Air Force Tests ‘Robot Dogs’ for Base Security During Huge Technology Exercise

Web Summit via Wikimedia Commons

As part of an exercise testing its new Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), the U.S. Air Force tested small quadrupedal “dog” robots for perimeter defense and other tasks at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The four-legged robots, built by Ghost Robotics, are designed to conduct remote inspections, surveillance, reconnaissance, mapping, and other missions.

According to Futurism, they could also be used to patrol air base perimeters. The Drive explains that the specific model tested at this ABMS test event is called the Vision 60, which Ghost Robotics refers to as a Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV).

While few details have been provided about the technologies tested on these Vision 60 robots, some ideas can be gleaned from photos. These images appear to show the “dogs” in various configurations based on their different arrays of visible sensors. As The Drive notes, some can be seen “with a pair of antennae on its back, and another with what appears to be a variety of sensors or communications equipment where its ‘head’ would be.”

According to the Ghost Robotics website, the Q-UGVs are nearly “unstoppable” and their modular design means they can execute a wide variety of missions. The website adds:

Strategic partners can build solution-specific [Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles] for virtually any use-case with their choice of sensors, radios and even size the robot to suit specific requirements by licensing our reference designs.

Since bandwidth issues prevented an earlier test of the Vision 60 robots, notes The Drive, that hints that they are data-linked and can communicate with other systems. The Drive continues:

A ‘robot dog’ like this is also capable of carrying critical information gateways and computer systems that can better link those on the front lines with command and control assets far away, as was the case in this exercise. Even being able to continuously map their surroundings could alert human operators to unseen and potentially dangerous changes to their environment. With the modularity intrinsic to this design, one could image robot dogs outfitted to intercept and geolocate enemy communications or even being used to charge and neutralize threats, so humans don’t have to.

ABMS is a “digital battle network system designed to collect, process, and share data among U.S. and allied forces in real-time,” notes The Drive, and this ABMS test exercise was billed as one of the largest joint military technology experiments in recent history. The Drive reported that it included “65 government teams from every service including the Coast Guard, 35 separate military platforms, and 70 different industry partners. The exercise spanned 30 different geographic locations and four national test ranges.”

It isn’t known when these robot patrol dogs will be fielded with front line units, but a more interesting question might be – when will Terminator ‘attack dogs’ follow?

Advertisement
Send the Next GOP SUPERSTAR Kim Klacik to Congress [ACT NOW]

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
17 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Thomas Simpson
Thomas Simpson
10 months ago

A strong defense is not code for war. This president has no intention of using Ratheon’s latest weapon or Lockheed-Martin’s secret plane to invade some third world country and kill millions of people. All for the purpose of making defense contractors and former Pentagon officers cum consultants richer. Trump has given the military-industrial complex the finger and they don’t like it. But the American people do. They too want to out of Bush and Obama’s forever wars. A word of advice to the wise. If the MIC and Pentagon war hawks attempt to overthrow Trump’s presidency by force as two retired colonels suggested in an open letter to General Milley, reported on the Defense One website, they’ll have hell to pay and 63 million Americans to answer to.

Commo
Commo
10 months ago

The plural term “antennae” is used with insects only. For systems, we use “antennas”.

Dane Clark
Dane Clark
10 months ago

I can see the robotic pooper scooper in the near future.

trackback
9 months ago

… [Trackback]

[…] Information to that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More on on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback
8 months ago

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More here to that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More to that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More to that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More Info here on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More Information here on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Information to that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More on on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback
7 months ago

… [Trackback]

[…] Info on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Info on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More on on that Topic: americandefensenews.com/2020/09/09/u-s-air-force-tests-robot-dogs-for-base-security-during-huge-technology-exercise-rs-pc/ […]


People, Places & Things