Robots Revolutionize Base Security

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The capabilities of a semi-autonomous robotic dog were demonstrated to a US security unit as a potential enhancement to base security. The Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicle, developed by Ghost Robotics, could add an extra level of protection to the base, according to the 75th Security Forces Squadron at Hill Air Force base.

Within the perimeters of the base there are areas where rugged terrain and harsh weather make it difficult for the airmen to patrol. The robot dogs can get through any type of terrain and get to remote areas.

The robot dogs can operate in minus 40-degree to 131-degree conditions and have 14 sensors to create 360-degree awareness. They are also integrated with command and control software, with semi-autonomous and user-operated modes. They are equipped with advanced multi-directional, thermal, and infrared video capabilities, allowing for artificial intelligence-based threat detection.

The robot dogs are capable of easy navigation on difficult terrains. They are equipped with a crouch mode that lowers their center-of-gravity and a high-step mode that alters leg mobility, among other features.

Several bases throughout the Air Force are already using or testing robotic dogs, as reported by

Watch the robot in action: