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Remote controlled drones have been used in combat since the earliest days of the so-called War on Terror, keeping insurgent groups across the globe perpetually fearful of death raining down from above. But what about from below? Now, thanks to an Israeli tech firm, that’s an option, too.
Designed by General Robotics Ltd., DOGO is the earthbound equivalent of the ubiquitous combat drone. And this pint-sized trooper — described by Defense News as the “world’s first inherently armed tactical combat robot” — could revolutionize the way commando units and SWAT teams conduct counterterrorism operations around the world, which is precisely what it was created to do.
DOGO weighs roughly 26 pounds and can be carried in one hand by a fully armed commando. While it’s named after the Dogo Argentino, a breed of big game-hunting mastiffs, DOGO more closely resembles, say, a rat terrier or a chihuahua, except this particular breed comes armed with a Glock 26 9mm pistol that fires 14 rounds in a single burst.
According to Defense News, DOGO was designed with input from the Israeli police’s counterterror unit and the Defense Ministry’s research and development directorate to combat terrorism.
“No robot out there on the market is organically designed to engage the target,” Shahar Gal, General Robotics’ vice president for business development, told Defense News.
DOGO is controlled via a so-called Ranger remote control unit that allows the user to remain at a safe distance from the target he intends to shoot. The robot is equipped with eight micro-video cameras that offer a 360-degree view of the objective, as well as two boresight cameras for firing the pistol.
As seen in the video, DOGO, which is battery-powered and runs for about four hours on a single charge, can function like a robotic scout, or assassin. It intuitively climbs stairs, clears obstacles, and creeps up on its target as quietly as a church mouse. But it’s not cheese DOGO is after. It’s blood.
The fact that DOGO doesn’t look like the Terminator might be what makes it so lethal. If a shotgun-toting Schwarzenegger walks through the door, you’re jumping out the window. But this little guy? You might be more inclined to risk it — that is, if you even realize he’s in the room. And then you’ll get shot. Or blinded, if the operator chooses to fire pepper spray, which is also an option.
According to Defense News, General Robotics will formally unveil DOGO at the Eurosatory Exhibition in Paris next month, and is on course to begin production soon.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Three U.S. diplomats have been removed from a train and briefly questioned by Russian authorities in the sensitive Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, near the site of a mysterious explosion in August that killed five nuclear workers.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported on October 16 that the diplomats were taken off the train that runs between Severodvinsk and Nyonoksa around 6 p.m. on October 14.
The U.S. Coast Guard had ordered the owner of an illegal 45-foot charter boat, named "Sea You Twerk," to stop operating.
He didn't, the Coast Guard said.
Now, Dallas Lad, 38, will serve 30 days in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday. When he is released, Ladd of Miami Beach, who pleaded guilty, will not be able to own or go on a boat for three years.