British parachute unit tested quadruped robotic dog’s potential

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LONDON ($1=0.86 British Pounds) — The 23rd Parachute Regiment of the British Army is participating in tests of quadruped robotic dogs. The tests were supposed to reveal the potential capabilities of robotic dogs. Conducted events should also reveal the cases in which robotic dogs would be useful. The robotic “four-legged best friend” is the Ghost Robotics V60 Quadruped.

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In addition to representatives of the British Army, the Defense Equipment and Sustainment [DE&S] Future Capabilities Group [FCG] participated in the tests.

An FCG representative said after the tests that using the robotic dog gives the soldier an advantage. According to him, the V60 increases the time and efficiency of the soldier to complete a specific mission. Accuracy in identification, increased battlefield awareness, and supply in critical areas are the primary uses of the V60. FCG’s Dave Swan presents the V60 as an opportunity to save a soldier’s life in operations deemed too dangerous.

Here’s what we know about the Ghost V60

The Ghost V60 is no ordinary robot. Its main field of action is complex urban and natural terrain, which makes it usable on any terrain. The makers of Ghost Robotics say their product can operate in challenging weather conditions. The “dog” moves at a maximum speed of 3 m/s and can carry a payload of no more than 10 kg. Not only can the V60 be transported by land, but it can be parachuted from a helicopter or airplane.

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The robot’s four legs are interchangeable. The robotic dog can draw 3D graphics of the area. Ghost V60 not only assesses the potential dangers but also shares the information with the army unit. The “dog” is equipped with 360-degree cameras and is controlled by an operator with a control panel. This makes it a manned drone rather than an autonomous device.

The Ghost V60 isn’t the only “four-legged robotic friend” being developed by Ghost Robotics. The company has been focused on this production since 2015 and has several models. All are designed to work in difficult weather conditions.

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