Spain shows interest in four-legged unmanned ground vehicles

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MADRID ($1=1.00 Euro) — Personnel from the Spanish Army’s Almogavares VI Parachute Brigade had the opportunity to test the capabilities of the Q-UGV from US firm Ghost Robotics, a four-legged unmanned ground vehicle that looks like a dog.

Photo credit: Spanish Army

The system was recently evaluated by the unit as part of the Army Force 35 Project Materials Experimentation Plan. The brigade, the Army says on its web pages, is involved in “projects with companies to automate activities under the PLEX F35 concept that benefit the protection of personnel.” Employees of the Paukner company, supplier of this robot in Spain, also participated in the tests.

This UGV is characterized by great flexibility for working in urban environments and confined spaces. Generally speaking, it is a computer with different legs that can integrate different types of sensors, from surveillance cameras to chemical, biological or radiological sensors, making it possible to safely carry out missions with a certain risk or danger to people.

The system is specifically designed for security and defense missions. He has already been sent to the US-Mexico border for surveillance. Sensors and cameras help improve situational awareness. In Spain, the army was able to test its operation in a demonstration late last year at the Toledo Forum.

It is a robust robot that can stabilize itself, with IP 67, which allows it to withstand dust, rain, and the rigors of the environment and to carry out missions autonomously through reference points [waypoint] or command.

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