Robot dogs enter the US Air Force for big exercise, may be ‘essential to next-generation warfare’.
The robot dogs — four-legged, headless, mechanical creatures — were made to exit an aircraft and look for signs of danger at Nellis Air Force Base in the US state of Nevada. At Nellis Air Force Base in the US state of Nevada, the robot dogs — four-legged, headless, mechanical animals — were made to exit an aircraft and search for signs of threat.
In a bid to increase the military’s use of artificial intelligence, the US Air Force conducted a major exercise with robot dogs trained to scout for threats before their human counterparts entered the field.
Last week, at Nellis Air Force Base in the US state of Nevada, the four-legged, headless, mechanical creatures were made to exit an aircraft and look for signs of threat.
They are part of the American Air Force’s Advanced Combat Management System (ABMS), which will use artificial intelligence and data analytics to identify counter-threats to the US military.
“The key to next-gen warfare is the valuation of data as an important war fighting weapon, one no less critical than jet fuel or satellites,” Will Roper, Air Force Assistant Secretary for Procurement, Technology and Logistics, told CNN.
The US Air Force is letting the dogs out.
The dogs were manufactured by Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics, and are called Vision 60 UGVs, or “autonomous unmanned ground vehicles.”
“A key design concept for our legged robots is decreased mechanical complexity compared to any other legged robots, and even conventional wheeled-tracked UGVs, according to their website.”
The dogs can be remotely controlled and will provide visuals of the region before deploying soldiers in the same sector. They were designed for the scale of heights and different surfaces and terrains.
“We inherently improve longevity, resilience and stamina by reducing sophistication,” the company website says.
As part of the ABMS, the dogs can be a crucial part of what an Air Force release calls the “kill chain.”
The word ‘Kill Chain’ is a military concept derived from the ‘Knowledge Revolution’ of the 1980s which refers to the method of evaluating, preparing which is carrying out military operations.
“We’re exploring how to use … ABMS to attach sensors to shooters across all battlefields, at speed and at risk. “To combat and win in the information age, it is important to mature these concepts and skills,” General John Raymond, space operations chief, said in the statement.
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