Panama City, FL –
TYNDALL AFB, Fla. (WMBB) – As work on rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base as a “base of the future” continues, the 325th Security Forces Squadron is receiving new watchdogs bearing this name.
They are fully robotic; Tyndall AFB officials held a protest for the “robot dogs” on Tuesday, as the base will be the country’s first military facility to use them to bolster security and patrol operations.
“This is a stepping stone to the future of integrated defense,” said Squadron Commander Major Jordan Criss. “This is just the first step and what we’re very happy to do is be this testing and evaluation site that proliferates the rest of this technology for the rest of the military. air.”
The four-legged drones are created by Ghost Robotics in Pennsylvania. They have been in development for over a decade.
“We had a concept to create some sort of fighter protection system, so really a replacement for a living dog,” said Jiren Parikh, CEO of Ghost Robotics. “The idea is to keep humans, dogs and even heavy goods out of harm’s way.”
Tyndall AFB will use four robots as sentries around the base. Each costs about $ 100,000; They are unmanned, weatherproof ground drones with two-way communication and high-tech sensors. They can be used remotely or on their own and travel about seven miles on a single charge.
“They are not there to hurt anyone, they are there to have extra eyes and ears for our defenders,” said Major Criss. “They can perform a deep analysis of the terrain and improve the situational awareness of our defenders.”
Although they cannot bite, Parikh said it was not a good idea to disturb them.
“If someone tries to steal the robot, it’s actually going to arrow,” he says. “If you get hit by any of them, it will hurt.”
Major Criss said he was excited to start using the four-legged drones and testing them for future use in the military.
“We are very grateful to be the test bed and to be able to work with this technology,” he said. “These robots can again do things that the human brain and the human person cannot, which allows humans to improve their response and their abilities.”
The robot dogs will be deployed to the base in February 2021.
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