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September 7, 2022

British Army and DE&S ERCoE experts test Ghost robotic dog

The trials also includes the evaluation of the Boston Dynamics 'SPOT' robotic dog.

The British Army’s 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment soldiers are testing the Ghost Robotics-developed V60 Quadruped robotic dog’s capabilities.

The capability demonstrations are being carried out by the soldiers, in partnership with experts from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group’s (FCG) Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise (ERCoE).

Testing involves putting the advanced robotic system through its paces in various use-case areas for the British Army’s frontline commands.

FCG Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise lead engineer Dave Swan said: “In the modern battlespace, robotics are becoming increasingly important in allowing soldiers to operate faster, for longer.

“The Ghost V60 quadruped offers increased situational awareness for soldiers on the ground. It has the potential to act as the eyes and ears for military personnel on the frontlines, increasing accuracy in identifying and acquiring targets.

“This offers many potential use cases for the British Army, from delivering mission-critical supplies, scoping out hazardous areas, or performing combat tasks that are deemed too dangerous for humans. Ultimately, the Ghost V60 quadruped is designed to reduce the risk-to-life and the burden on military personnel.”

The Ghost V60 quadruped is designed to navigate complex urban and natural terrains at a maximum speed of 3m/s and can carry a payload of up to 10kg.

The non-autonomous, agile, and durable all-weather ground drone can be deployed via parachute, helicopter, and air landing. It is operated using a control pad.

Featuring cameras on the front, rear, and sides to provide 360° views, it can be fitted with Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) imaging systems.

The Boston Dynamics robotic dog, dubbed ‘SPOT’, is also being tested by the FCG, along with quadruped.

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