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    The Army Wants to Slap a Next Generation Squad Weapon on a Robot Dog

     

    The is considering outfitting a “robot dog” unmanned robot with its infantry rifle to “explore the realm of the possible” for future close combat, a service spokesman told .com.

    Bhavanjot Singh, a senior scientific technical manager at the Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), first mentioned potentially arming a Ghost Robotics-manufactured Vision 60 Quadruped Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV) with the Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon rifle during a late July reception with lawmakers in , D.C., as Janes first reported earlier this month.

    The Army has already experimented with mounting an M4A1 carbine on a Q-UGV, according to Janes. But testing the new Sig Sauer XM7 rifle would mark a new frontier for the use of the unmanned robots meant to emulate some of the skills of man's best friend.

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    “The unique capability of the dog is the ability to traverse different types of terrain that wheeled vehicles may not be able to go,” Singh reportedly told lawmakers.

    When asked about Singh's remarks, DEVCOM spokesman Tim Ryder told Military.com that Army Futures Command “continues to explore the application of human machine integration,” while cautioning that the development of a prototype doesn't indicate the weaponized robot dogs will be deployed downrange.

    “While advanced technology demonstrations — in this case,…

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