USAF’s Tyndall AFB to deploy semi-autonomous robot dogs

16 November 2020 (Last Updated November 16th, 2020 13:43)

The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that the Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida will deploy semi-autonomous robot dogs into their patrolling regiment.

USAF’s Tyndall AFB to deploy semi-autonomous robot dogs
The ‘computerised canines’ will aid in reconnaissance and enhanced security patrolling operations across the Tyndall AFB. Credit: US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price.

The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that the Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida will deploy semi-autonomous robot dogs into their patrolling regiment.

It will be the first USAF AFB to implement the robot dogs.

Tyndall AFB and the 325th Security Forces Squadron had partnered with Ghost Robotics for the development of a system to increase security and safety for the base population.

In an event on 10 November, the robots showcased their abilities.

USAF 325th Security Forces Squadron commander major Jordan Criss said: “We are very excited.

“We are the first unit within the Department of Defense to use this technology for enhanced security patrolling operations.”

The robots resemble a dog and will not replace the military working dogs.

They will support the patrolling operations, which are expected to permit the defenders of the Tyndall AFB to focus on the security actions that need a physical presence.

Criss added: “These robot dogs will be used as a force multiplier for enhanced situational awareness by patrolling areas that are not desirable for human beings and vehicles.”

They will be given a specific patrol path which will be overseen by the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Security Forces Electronic Security Sensor System.

Criss further stated: “We will be able to drive them via a virtual-reality headset within our Base Defense Operations Center.

“We will be able to see exactly what the robot dog is detecting through its mobile camera and sensor platform if desired, we will also be able to issue verbal commands to a person or people through a radio attached to the dogs.”