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A robotic dog armed with a sniper rifle was unveiled this week in Washington, DC, at the annual meeting of the United States Army Association.

The robot, developed by Ghost Robotics, has the SWORD Defense Systems Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR).


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“Latest lethal 6.5 #creedmoor sniper payload from @SWORDINT. See latest companion payload @AUSAorg Wash DC. Keeping US and allies #sof #warfighter armed with the latest innovations,” Ghost Robotics tweeted Monday, “a photo of the dog with” .”

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on Thursday Instagram post, SWORD International called the robot “Warfighter’s Best Friend”.

Feather Talwar International Website, the company explains that the SPUR was “specifically designed to offer precision fire from unmanned platforms such as the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 Quadruple.”

“Featuring safe, chamber, clear, and fire capabilities that allow for safe and reliable deployment of the weapon system – giving the operator the ability to load and secure the weapon at a distance. These features allow the operator to correct malfunctions.” and safely unload the platform prior to recovery. The chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor allows precision fire up to 1200m, SPUR utilizes 7.62×51 NATO cartridges for uniform ammunition availability Due to its highly capable sensor, the SPUR can operate in the magnitude of conditions, both day and night,” Sword International wrote.

SPUR, it said, is “the future of unmanned weapon systems”.

According to New Scientist‘The robot is part of Ghost Robotics’ vision series Legged robots.

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In May, the US Air Force said it was testing an unarmed version of the dogs at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

“People see these robots moving around and they think it’s a field-worthy capability, but there’s still a lot of development, testing and evaluation that needs to be done,” said Johanna Lewis, Special Programs Division Program Manager, said in a release Description of the initiative. “Just letting them roam is not what we want. We want them to patrol the base using their integrated sensors to provide our forces with useful, mission-critical data at the Base Security Operations Center.”

Pennsylvania-based Ghost Robotics is building a four-legged Q-UGV (quadruple unmanned ground vehicle) Robot since 2015.

While some may worry about a robot carried from a deadly sniper rifle that popular science report Adopted by Homeland Security and Special Operations snipers, Ghost Robotics CEO Jiren Parikh told New Scientist on Thursday that the weapon is “fully controlled by a remote operator.”

“There is a human controlling the weapon, there is no autonomy or AI,” he assured.

It was not immediately clear whether the quadruple robot and rifles were being sold, but Parikh said the robot was chosen for its ability to maneuver over difficult terrain because its operators are out of harm’s way.

While the response to armed dogs has been mixed, Pentagon Policy States That all robotic arms must be under the control of a human operator.

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