Robot dogs have been met with equal parts fascination and fear by the public, but their utility for military applications is becoming undeniable. Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting “robot dog.” Called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, the system adds a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from SWORD to one of Ghost Robotics’ quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles, or Q-UGVs. The exact configuration of the 6.5mm gun inside the SPUR module – how much ammunition it contains, and how hard it might be to reload – are all unclear. Ghost Robotics has said that SPUR can be instructed remotely to chamber the first round from an unloaded state, as well as clear the chamber and safe the gun.
by Joseph Trevithick
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