Caitlin Johnstone: Oh god, they’re arming robodogs with guns now.

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Caitlin Johnstone: Oh god, they’re arming robodogs with guns now.

Caitlin Johnstone is an Australian freelance journalist located in Melbourne. Her website may be found here, and she can be followed on Twitter at @caitoz. Ghost Robotics (the military-friendly competitor to the better-known Boston Dynamics) proudly displayed a weapon meant to attach to its quadruped bots created by a company called SWORD Defense Systems at an exhibit stand at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting and exhibition.

According to SWORD’s website, “the SWORD Defense Systems Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) was specifically built to enable precision shooting from unmanned platforms such as the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.”

@SWORDINT’s latest lethality 6.5 #creedmoor sniper payload. @AUSAorg Wash DC has the most recent partner payloads. Maintaining the most up-to-date technology for US and allied #sof#warfighters. @USSOCOM#defense#defence#NationalSecurity#drone#roboticspic.twitter.com/Dvk6OvL3Bu “The SPUR is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, which allows for accurate fire out to 1200 meters, and it can also use the 7.6251 NATO cartridge for ammunition availability. The SPUR can work in a wide range of situations, both day and night, thanks to its advanced sensors. The SWORD Defense Systems SPUR is the unmanned weapon system of the future, and it is here now.” The US Air Force released a video in May that showed the “Robotic Ghost Dog” that these weapons are designed to be deployed with jogging, standing up after being flipped over, and even dancing. All of this becomes a lot less adorable when you consider they’re doing it while wielding a pistol that can blow skulls apart from a kilometer away.

A Senior Master Sergeant explains to the host how these robodogs can be fitted with a variety of equipment, including communications systems, explosive ordnance disposal attachments, and chemical and radiation testing equipment, and the entire time you’re listening to him list things off, you’re thinking to yourself, “Guns.” Yes, there are guns. Why don’t you just mention that you can attach guns to them?” The SPUR prototype is just one of many possible weapons that will almost certainly be tested for use with quadruped robots in the coming years, and its descendants will almost certainly be tested on poor foreigners in unnecessary military interventions by the US and/or its allies. They will join other unmanned weapons systems in the imperial arsenal, such as the US’s infamous drone program, South Korea’s Samsung SGR-A1, and Turkey’s Kargu drone, which has purportedly attacked human beings in Libya without being given a human command. News from Brinkwire in a nutshell. Search the internet for further information.

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