Introducing: Israeli 12-Kilo Killer Robot
BEIT NEHEMIA, Israel — Imagine an intuitively trained special missions operative endowed with 360-degree vision who works alone or in packs to breach high-risk safe houses and bunkers, ready to shoot to kill within a second of an officer’s command.
That’s exactly what General Robotics Ltd., a high-tech firm tucked away in this rural community south of Tel Aviv, has developed with its trademarked Dogo, a 12-kilogram, pistol-packing killer robot for close-quarter combat and counterterrorism operations.
Named after the Argentine Mastiff, a fearless hunter trained to protect human companions, Dogo appears to be the world’s first inherently armed tactical combat robot.
Unlike other small robots which carry no weapon at all, or much larger 250 kilogram-class systems designed to carry add-on remote firing stations, Dogo is integrally built to house a standard Glock 26 9mm pistol in its belly.
“No robot out there on the market is organically designed to engage the target,” said Shahar Gal, vice president for business development and son of the company’s founding executive, retired Israeli Col. Udi Gal.
Dogo can be equipped with pepper spray, blinders or other less-than-lethal means of engagement, Gal said. And, like othe
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