Agile ‘pet-robot’ fires 9x53mmR Saiga 9 semi-automatic carbine

MOSCOW ($1=58.32 Russian Rubles) — An agile robot dog armed with the civilian Russian 9x53mm Saiga 9 semi-automatic carbine steps “nervously” around a shooting range, firing in automatic mode with the carbine attached to it. This is happening in Russia and everything was captured on a video clip distributed both on YouTube and on social networks.

Agile pet-robot fires 9x53mmR Saiga 9 semi-automatic carbine
Photo credit: YouTube

It all seems harmless at first glance, but it’s an advance that could prove useful to militaries around the world. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that very recently [in 2021] United Kingdom, the USA, and several other advanced countries began to arm themselves with robot dogs, which, however, are intended for intelligence, guarding, surveillance and recognition. An automatic rifle based on such technology already completely changes the game and the purpose of the machine.

The feeling is dystopian, as The War Zone writes and recalls that this is not the first case with such a feeling. “Ghost Robotics and SWORD International previously demonstrated a Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, with an attached weapon system at the Association of the United States Army [AUSA] Annual Convention in Washington, DC, in 2021,” wrote The War Zone in your comment on the video.

What makes an impression?

There are a few things that stand out. First, the right side of the dog’s hull [body] has a Russian special forces patch attached. Either it was put there to carry more authority, or the robot dog is part of the special forces of the Russian Federation, called Spetsnaz for short.

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

Also, despite the “funny nervous movement” on the shooting range, the robot dog actually moves in a tightly configured scenario. It uses a weapon on automatic mode, which is a problem because the recoil of the weapon is strong, it does not have the support of a human shoulder, and thus the robot dog during automatic fire raises its entire structure, and the bullets most likely fly over the target.

Maybe the first bullet is accurate, or maybe in single fire mode, this experiment will have more success for effectiveness. It is a single mode of operation that follows immediately after the robot dog has fired automatically, and this experiment looks more promising for achieving the ultimate goal – striking.

9x53mm Saiga 9 semi-automatic carbine

The use of the 9x53mm Saiga 9 semi-automatic carbine tells us that most likely the author of the test, Alexander Atamanov, an inventor and technology entrepreneur who specializes in the civilian engineering industry since this type of weapon is sold on the civilian market.

Saiga-9 semi-automatic carbine is built on shortened AK-74M-style stamped steel receiver. It features a simple blowback action and fires from a closed bolt. It also features typical Kalashnikov trigger, hammer, and manual safety arrangements, adapted to semi-automatic only functioning. Feed is from the double stack, double feed box magazines, made from plastic.

Agile pet-robot fires 9x53mmR Saiga 9 semi-automatic carbine
Photo credit: all4shooters.com

Magazines are compatible with PP-19 Vityaz submachine guns but are internally restricted to a 10-round capacity to comply with Russian laws. Versions planned for the Russian market feature barrels 345mm long and internal trigger locks that block firing when the shoulder stock is folded. Possible export versions might feature shorter barrels and no trigger lock. Sights are based on a typical AK pattern, with adjustable V-notch rear sight and a protected front post. Integral Picatinny rail is provided on the top of the receiver cover.

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