For the last year, the 325th Security Forces Squadron and Tyndall Air Force Base have worked with Ghost Robotics on a project to “enhance security and safety for the base population,” according to a US Air Force press release. To accomplish this, Tyndall will incorporate a series of “semi-autonomous robot dogs” into patrol regiments, becoming “one of the first” Air Force bases to implement such technologies.
On Tuesday, a demonstration at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida illustrated the capabilities of a series of semi-autonomous robots that will be used for base operations. Maj. Jordan Criss, 325th Security Forces Squadron commander, attended the demonstration.
“We are very excited,” Criss said in the release. “We are the first unit within the Department of Defense to use this technology for enhanced security patrolling operations.”
Although the computerized quadrupeds resemble canines, the semi-autonomous machines will not replace working military dogs on the base, the military explained. In fact, the robodogs will be used to aid patrol operations, enabling the bases’s “defenders” to instead focus on “security actions that require a physical presence.”
“These robot dogs will be used as a force multiplier for enhanced situational awareness by patrolling areas that aren’t desirable for human beings and vehicles,” Criss said.
A noncommissioned officer at the Security Forces Electronic Security Sensor System will give the robotic dogs a patrol path and monitor their movements. Virtual reality (VR) will also play a key role in patrol operations.