The military already has armed unmanned aircraft that can fly for long hours and thousands of miles. But now it will soon have armed robotic dogs, as well.

Last week, at the annual AUSA 2021 Exposition in Washington DC, which showcases the latest in military-themed technology, Ghost Robotics and Sword International presented a quadruped robot armed with a rifle 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle on its back.

Ghost Robotics is an American firm that teamed up with small arms specialists Sword International, whose research and development team has special operations backgrounds.

Quadrupedal robots have been the rage in the field of robotics in recent years. They’re small, nimble, and can easily maneuver in terrain that vehicles cannot or that humans will not.

The 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle on the robot’s back is called the SPUR (special purpose unmanned rifle). The SPUR can be fitted on multiple Ghost Robotics quadrupedal platforms. It features a Teledyne Flir Boson 640X512 24.4mm 18° HFoV Thermal Camera Core with 30x optical zoom, a thermal camera for targeting during low-light or night operations, and boasts an effective range of 1,200 meters.


The Robot Will Go Where Humans Won’t

Robotic dog quadruped armed with a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle. (Sword International)

According to Sword International the robot features “safe, chamber, clear, and fire capabilities that allow for safe and reliable deployment of the weapon system – providing the operator an ability to load and safe the weapon at a distance.”

“These features also provide the operator the ability to clear malfunctions and safely unload the platform prior to recovery. Chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor allows for precision fire out to 1200m, the SPUR can similarly utilize a 7.62×51 NATO cartridge for ammunition availability.”