Over the last year, Tyndall Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force 325th Security Forces Squadron have been working with Ghost Robotics to develop a system to enhance security and safety for the base population.
Tyndall AFB will be one of the first U.S. Air Force bases to implement semi-autonomous robot dogs into their patrolling regiment.
These “computerised canines” demonstrated their abilities Nov. 10 at an event attended by Maj. Gen. Tom Wilcox, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Centre commander, and leadership from the 325th Fighter Wing and the Tyndall AFB Program Management Office.
“We are very excited,” said Maj. Jordan Criss, 325th Security Forces Squadron commander.
“We are the first unit within the Department of Defense to use this technology for enhanced security patrolling operations.”
While these robots walk on all fours and resemble a dog, they are not intended to replace the military working dogs. Instead, they will aid in patrolling operations and, in doing so, allow Tyndall AFB’s defenders to focus their efforts 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.