Russian engineers have introduced a robotic dog capable of carrying and firing weapons, Russia-based media reported on Monday.
The robot debuted on Monday at Russia’s Army-2022 International Military-Technical Forum, a week-long arms conference. Meanwhile, the arms conference is taking place Russia’s war with UkraineWhich has been going on for almost six months.
A video clip shared online by the state-run news agency RIA Novosti shows what appears to be a four-legged robot walking across the floor of a conference room. The robot’s legs can bend, rotate the robot, and move forward and backward. The legs can also lower the robot so that it appears to be lying on the ground.
Twitter user Rob Lee A video shared RIA Novosti posted on Telegram.
A spokesman for the engineers who developed the robot told a Russian news agency that the robot could perform civilian or wartime tasks. It can travel through war-torn areas to deliver medicines and survey the surroundings, the spokesman said, adding that it can move or fire weapons. RIA Novosti also reported A post Telegram noted that the robot “can be engaged in target designation, patrolling and security,” according to an English translation. Vice.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Appeared at the opening ceremony of the conference on Monday to address the domestic and international attendees. In that address, he described the program as one where visiting military professionals from other countries can learn about Russia’s development in military equipment.
Putin spoke generally of devices that he said would “shape our armed forces ‘tomorrow’,” but he did not specifically mention the robot dog or any other devices by name.
“We are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, combat systems based on new physical principles,” Putin said. “There are many of those years, Maybe decades ahead of their foreign counterparts, and significantly superior in terms of tactical and technical characteristics.”
The robot dog seen at the Army-2022 conference in Moscow is not the first piece of dog-like military equipment. In the US, the Portland Air National Guard received its own four-legged robot earlier this year for use in security and surveillance, according to Military.com.
A police department in Florida gets another robot dog. known as the spot, earlier this year. SPOT was able to be used “in exceptional circumstances involving a threat to human life and/or danger to first responders,” police said at the time.
The US Department of Defense refused NewsweekA request for comment was made when contacted on Monday.