The future is here and it looks like we've entered an era when robot dogs are equipped with sniper rifles. Ghost Robotics, which manufactures Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles, showed off its new "Warfighter's best friend" Tuesday on social media where people got their first look at how wars will soon be fought.
Gun manufacturer Sword International calls its robot dog gun system SPUR, or Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle.
“The was specifically designed to offer precision fire from unmanned platforms such as the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped,” according to Sword’s website. “Featuring safe, chamber, clear, and fire capabilities that allows for safe and reliable deployment of the weapon system – providing the operator an ability to load and safe the weapon at a distance.
"These features also provide the operator the ability to clear malfunctions, and safely unload the platform prior to recovery. Chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor allows for precision fire out to 1200m, the SPUR can similarly utilize 7.62×51 NATO cartridge for ammunition availability. Due to its highly capable sensors the SPUR can operate in a magnitude of conditions, both day and night. The SWORD Defense Systems SPUR is the future of unmanned weapon systems, and that future is now."
Let's keep in mind 1200 meters is 1,312 yards! Quick math tells us the robot dog sniper rifle is good from 13 football fields out! Whew!
This sniper rifle also includes a "30X Optical Zoom EO Sensor LVDS Video Output" optical zoom and carries a 10-round magazine.
As for the robot dog, Ghost Robotics promises these puppies won't need naps while fighting wars.
"They’re unstoppable, with the ability to get right back up from any slip, fall, or failure and keep moving using our proprietary blind-mode operation," Ghost Robotics claims on its website. "They have to because we design and build robots to keep humans and K9s out of harm’s way."