USAF Tyndall Air Force Base receives semi-autonomous robot dogs

30 March 2021 (Last Updated March 30th, 2021 14:52)

The US Air Force (USAF) has announced the arrival of the first official semi-autonomous robot dogs to Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, US.

USAF Tyndall Air Force Base receives semi-autonomous robot dogs
Sunny, a 325th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, poses next to a quad-legged unmanned ground vehicle at Tyndall AFB. Credit: US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anabel Del Valle.

The US Air Force (USAF) has announced the arrival of the first official semi-autonomous robot dogs to Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, US.

The quad-legged unmanned ground vehicles (Q-UGVs) will be integrated into the 325th Security Forces Squadron.

Designed by Ghost Robotics and Immersive Wisdom, the robot dogs are the ‘first of their kind’ to be integrated onto a military installation at Tyndall AFB.

The semi-autonomous robot dogs can operate in -40°F to 131°F conditions and have 14 sensors to offer 360° situational awareness.

Furthermore, the robot dogs feature a crouch mode to decrease their ‘centre-of-gravity’, a high-step mode to adjust leg mobility, and many other features that allow for easy navigation on difficult terrain.

Tyndall AFB Program Management Office security forces programme manager Mark Shackley said: “As a mobile sensor platform, the Q-UGVs will significantly increase situational awareness for defenders.

“They can patrol the remote areas of a base while defenders can continue to patrol and monitor other critical areas of an installation.”

Last November, the USAF announced that the Tyndall AFB will deploy semi-autonomous robot dogs into their patrolling regiment.

According to USAF, the Q-UGVs will serve as an additional layer of protection to the AFB.

325th SFS operations support superintendent master sergeant Krystoffer Miller said: “Tyndall (AFB) is a perfect test base as it was deemed ‘The Installation of the Future’.

“Across the base, every squadron has been pushing the envelope of how we do things and expanding our optics of what is possible.

“One huge attraction piece of the robot dogs is that it’s highly mobile and with the amount of construction we will face over the next few years, it helps us maintain and increase our security posture.”