“Unstoppable” robot dogs have stretched their legs in a big test with the US Air Force where they “shot down” Russian missiles.
The faceless, mechanical four-legged friends were drafted in by army chiefs for a second trial run with soldiers.
Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS) are designed to collect, process and share info with allied forces in real-time.
These futuristic robot canines have undergone battlefield tests including being shot at.
The highlight of last week’s demonstration was the use of multiple distributed sensors to detect and shoot down mock Russian cruise missiles, The Drive Reports.
US Army chiefs have dedicated $3.3 billion over five years develop the war machines.
Their systems include 4 and 5G networks, cloud computing systems and artificial intelligence.
They provide “unprecedented levels” of awareness and decision making, according to reports.
This latest ABMS demonstration was described as being one of the largest joint experiments in recent history, involving 65 government teams from every service including the Coast Guard.
Flying into a possibly hostile airstrip aboard an Air Force C-130, the robot dogs were sent outside to scout for threats before the humans inside are exposed to them.
Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, said soldiers will face “a dizzying array of information” on future battlefields.
He said: “Valuing data as an essential warfighting resource, one no less vital than jet fuel or satellites, is the key to next-gen warfare.”
Master Sgt Lee Boston, a member of the Air Force’s 621st Contingency Response Group, said: “The dogs give us visuals of the area, all while keeping our defenders closer to the aircraft.”
The war machines are called Vision 60 UGV’s or “autonomous unmanned ground vehicles” by their manufacturer, Ghost Robotics of Philadelphia.
They are capable of scouting all terrains whilst carrying sensors and radios.
The company’s website says: “By reducing complexity, we inherently increase durability, agility and endurance.
“Our Q-UGVs are unstoppable.”
General John Raymond, chief of space operations, said: “We are exploring how to use ABMS to link sensors to shooters across all battlespaces, at speed and under threat. Maturing these concepts and capabilities is necessary to fight and win in the information age.”