Robot Dogs to Patrol U.S. - Mexico Border

22 Mar 2022

Artificial intelligence robots are taking over in all industries, including military and defense.

Amidst the immigrant crisis between the U.S. and Mexico, the U.S. is working on the prospect of deploying Robo dogs to patrol the borders.

Robo dogs

Ghost Robotics, a Philadelphia-based business specializing in legged robotics, created "Vision 60," a robo-dog.

At the Association of the United States Army's annual convention in Washington, D.C., the robotics company demonstrated its sniper rifle-equipped robo-dog.

The quadruped robot may look like a good kid, but it's equipped with a sniper rifle that can engage targets from a distance of three-quarters of a mile. This robotic weapon system may be controlled by the military from afar. It will only attack targets with a human's approval.

The equipment is aided in the creation of a protective perimeter there. Airbases, which frequently require thousands of feet of runway, can be challenging to patrol successfully, and robo-dogs make things easier.

Rifle Attached to Robo-Dogs

The special purpose unmanned rifle (SPUR) is fitted to this updated, armed variant of the Vision 60. It's a ten-shot Creedmoor rifle chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor, a new high-velocity, medium-caliber, long-range precision round.

In shooting circles, the Creedmoor is recognized for having a reasonably flat parabolic curve, making it a better round that allows the user to hit at greater ranges. SPUR is controlled by the robot's human controller, with the help of a 30X electro-optical heating scope for target acquisition and focusing.

Market of AI Robots in the Military

According to BIS Research's Global Military Artificial Intelligence Market analysis, the market would grow at a substantial CAGR of 18.66 percent in terms of value from 2019 to 2024.

In 2019, North America held a 48.23% share of the worldwide military artificial intelligence market. The military artificial intelligence market is dominated by North America, which includes important countries such as the U.S.

The U.S. gained a significant market share in North America in 2019 as a result of the country's extensive deployment of countermeasures in the defense industry.

Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used in military operations, the worldwide military artificial intelligence market has grown in relevance.

However, a lack of qualified professionals for the use of AI-integrated equipment, as well as a mounting cyber threat to military data, are limiting industry expansion.

To know more about the Global Military Artificial Intelligence Market click here.

SPOT - A Similar Robo-Dog

Spot, the internet-famous robo-dog from Waltham, Massachusetts-based Boston Dynamics, looks a lot like the Vision 60. The September 2020 drill at Nellis Air Force Base included both quadruped robots.

There are more similarities, such as both can climb stairwells, navigate difficult terrain, and self-right if they fall over. The maximum payload for both the Vision 60 and the Spot is 31 pounds.

Although the two robots have the same top speed of 5.24 feet per second, Ghost Robotics claims Vision 60 will be able to sprint at 9.84 feet per second, or 6.71 miles per hour, in the future.

Vision 60 has the ability to operate remotely or autonomously. A human operator would select a target and then fire in remote-controlled mode.

However, automatic target engagement is prohibited by current U.S. military policy on autonomous systems. So, while Vision 60's sniper rifle could line up to a target (and compute a firing solution), it couldn't fire. That is something only a human being is capable of.

Objective of Deploying Robo-Dogs

The robots are highly mobile, capable of traversing harsh terrain that would be difficult for wheeled or tracked vehicles and can function autonomously.

The perimeter patrol robots, for example, can follow a pre-determined course, deviating as needed to avoid obstacles and alerting a human operator if they come across something unusual, such as a prospective intruder.

Finally, the military landscape is changing along with technology. For the greater good or self-destructive purposes? Only time can give the answer.


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