The Chinese defense industry has developed the first dog robot armed with an automatic gun system strung on the back of the robot.
The new dog robot is unveiled at AirShow China 2022 which takes place in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November 2022, where the robot dog is armed with a light machine gun that can be dropped via a standard aerial drone named Chinese QBB-97 which can fire 650 rounds per minute at a range of 400 meters.
Chinese robotics company unveiling their fleet of robot dogs caused a stir back in December 2022.
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Mounting an automatic cannon on a Chinese robot is a major technical challenge due to the weight of the weapon and the effects of recoil when firing. But the armed forces continue to show great interest in using this type of military equipment with more heavy armament capable of carrying out combat missions with a remote control or in completely autonomous mode.
Dog robots are not new
Dog robots are not new, as on June 23, 2016, the American company Boston Dynamics revealed the four-legged canine-inspired Spot robot.
The Boston Robot is an agile mobile robot that navigates the terrain with unparalleled mobility, enabling you to automate routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately, and frequently.
The Boston Dynamics Spot dog robot can carry and power up to 14 kg and the robot is controlled by using an intuitive tablet application and built-in stereo cameras.
The American company Boston Dynamics had always refused the use of its robot in military applications but other companies have developed similar types of autonomous dog robots armed with light weapons.
In September 2021, American Ghost Robotics has unveiled a new version of its “robot dog,” or quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle armed with a 6.5-millimeter Creedmoor assault rifle. According to the company, the weapon is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 1,200 meters. The robot also provides grand stabilization to the rifles because of its quadrupedal design.