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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.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.