UK bought four-legged robot dogs for ‘dirty and dangerous’ roles

LONDON, ($1=0.77 British Pounds) — The UK has acquired two quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles [Q-UGVs] known more as “robotic dogs” Ghost Robotics Corporation Vision 60 [V60] from the United States. The purchase was made on March 2, confirmed the British Ministry of Defense.

US Air Force tests robot dogs for airfield guarding
Photo credit: Wikipedia

The value of the deal is nearly $ 600,000. In addition to acquiring the two four-legged “robotic” friends, the UK receives V60 warranty service through a two-year warranty package.

According to the online portal Jane’s, the UK has bought the two robotic dogs to conduct a series of experiments with them. The idea is to play out various possible scenarios on the battlefield and to test how the V60 handles “boring, dirty, and dangerous” roles.

V60 overview

The V60 is designed and manufactured by the Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics Corporation. The U.S. military was the first in the world to decide to test the Philadelphia product by conducting a series of tests. Finally, the United States decided to buy a certain amount of V60.

The V60 Q-UGV is designed to handle a variety of terrain, such as off-road, rocky, or uneven terrain. The basic idea is that this unmanned ground vehicle will give the soldiers “eyes” for what is happening at a distance from them, without endangering their lives.

The V60 Q-UGV has a variety of sensors that adapt to a completely unfamiliar environment. The company says that even if the sensors deteriorate or are damaged, the V60 Q-UGV will stand up and continue to move, even if it has previously fallen, slipped, or has damaged sensors.

The V60 Q-UGV can walk, run, crawl and climb. V60 Q-UGV weighs just over 45 kilograms and operates in a wide temperature range – from -40 to +55 degrees Celsius. Its battery lasts 3 hours at a maximum load of 12 kilometers. It can move at a maximum speed of 3 meters per second. It can carry a payload of 9 kilograms and deploy on the battlefield relatively quickly – in 15 minutes.

First 'robot dogs' came into service in the U.S. military
Photo credit: Airman Anabel Del Valle

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