During the U.S. Air Force exercise earlier this month, robot dogs were involved. “The four-legged dogs were dropped from a C-130 military transport aircraft to conduct reconnaissance of the area for threats, CNN reports.
The Vision 60 UGV robots (“autonomous ground vehicles”) are manufactured by Ghost Robotics of Philadelphia and provide a glimpse into the potential battlefield of the future, according to a report on the American TV channel.
U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary for Purchasing, Technology, and Logistics Will Roper said the military may face a “dizzying array of information” during future battles that will require them to rely on data synthesis “done in nanoseconds to fight effectively. Evaluating data as an important military resource is just as important as “jet fuel or satellites,” he said.
Robotic dogs use “artificial intelligence and fast data analytics to detect and counter threats associated with U.S. military assets in space, as well as attacks on U.S. territory using missiles or other means of destruction,” say developers of high-tech military products.
The latest U.S. Air Force exercise, conducted August 31-September 3, involved all branches of the U.S. military, including the Coast Guard. It used 30 locations throughout the United States. Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base was one of those, and that was where robot dogs were involved, CNN said.