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Ghost Robotics presents a robot dog with a 6.5mm cannon

The invention can fascinate and worry. During a show dedicated to the US military in Washington, visitors were able to discover a robot dog… crowned by an imposing 6.5mm rifle. The Philadelphia-based company Ghost Robotics, some of whose robotic quadrupeds already patrol a base in Florida, have partnered with Sword International to develop the special-purpose unmanned rifle. SPUR also appears to be derived directly from the Vision 60 quadruped, which began its patrols with US soldiers last April.

The SPUR probably represents the first Ghost Robotics creation equipped with a weapon. According to Sword, who developed the weapon system, the remotely controlled cannon delivers “precision fire up to 1,200 meters.” The magazine has ten cartridges on board.

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Relatively lightweight, just under 8kg, and loaded with sensors, it can work day and night, according to Sword. Above all, its four legs offer a real stability to the robot, which would augur a great accuracy of shooting even from a distance.

However, some unanswered questions remain: who will this new weapon go to? what purpose? And above all, with what degree of autonomy?

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