The US Army will provide one of its two robotic “dogs” to help an American NGO clear mines and other munitions in Ukrainepublishes the magazine Foreign Policywhich cites sources familiar with this deal.
HALO Trusta demining company with multiple contracts with the US government, will use spota robot dog manufactured by technology Boston Dynamicsto clear mortar shells and cluster munitions in areas formerly controlled by Russia near kyivsaid Chris WhatleyCEO of the group.
In a test session last year, “Spot” performed effectively on these tasks, and according to the trade magazine, Whatley hopes that translates into work with the cluster munitions that Russia has used indiscriminately in Ukraine and has spread throughout the country.
By deploying his robotic arm, “Spot” could help dragging unexploded ordnance into pits containing other ordnancewhich would allow them to safely detonate them away from civilians in batches of up to 50 to 100 projectiles, the publication says.
This would also reduce the danger to which the human teams of the HALO company that have been deployed in Ukrainian cities such as Bucha or Brovary, which were temporarily occupied by the Russians after invading Ukraine, are subjected.
On the other hand, Spot also helps patrol the streets of New York. This model was in the news several times for the innovative uses that it has been given. In 2020, for example, in the context of the pandemic, it was used to assist in remote medical check-ups in hospitals in the US and to help users maintain the recommended social distance in parks in Singapore.
(With information from EFE)