China is demonstrating a horrifying new product from one of its private military contractors: a robot dog that can be transported by drone and is armed with a machine gun.
A brief about China is channeling Black Mirror, showcasing a robot dog that can be launched by drone and is armed with a machine rifle
On October 3, Kestrel Defense Blood-Wing, a verified social media account for a private Chinese military contractor, published a message on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. In the video, a sizable drone is seen transporting a robot dog with a rifle.
The dog is seen rising up and wandering around a rooftop in the video.
Kestrel said on Weibo, “War dogs come down from the sky.” Heavy-duty drones have the ability to deploy combat dogs, which can be placed directly behind enemy lines and launch surprise attacks on vulnerable points. They can also be deployed on rooftops to support ground troops in ambushing opponents within structures.
The dog reminds people of the “Metalhead” episode from the fourth season of Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” in which a lady struggles to escape from deadly robot dogs.
Kestrel has experience working with robotic dogs before. The business also tested a robot dog that could carry a weapon launcher in August.
The US has also figured out how to equip robot dogs with weapons. One company, Ghost Robotics, displayed a robot with a rifle in October 2021.
In April 2021, the New York Police Department also employed robot dogs, but without guns. After receiving criticism from the public, Boston Dynamics’ Digidog service was discontinued in May 2021.
However, China seems to have a genuine soft spot for robotic dogs. Numerous robot dogs were spotted performing a collective dance in August during the nation’s Robot Expo, which featured a lot of hopping and paw-shaking.
During Shanghai’s COVID-19 lockdown in March, robot dogs were also seen wandering the streets. One dog padded across the neighborhood with a megaphone strapped to its back, announcing instructions for the lockdown.