A one-minute video posted on Weibo, a Chinese blogging website, showed a Chinese drone carrying an armed robot dog and putting it on the battlefield in preparation for action, according to a report by The War Zone. It is currently not clear whether the clip was the result of Chinese military exercises.
Dropping a robot dog on the roof of a house
The video shows a drone approaching the roof of a building in a nondescript urban area while carrying an armed robot dog underneath, and after the drone drops the robot on the roof it flies away.
The robot then stands from its folded position and begins checking its new position with what appears to be a Chinese light machine gun placed on its back.
The Weibo account is from Kestrel Defense Blood-Wing, which appears to be directly linked to China’s Kestrel Defense. Here is what the organization said about the video:
Sky-dropping War Dogs, Air Attack, and Red Wing Forward Heavy Drones offer mechanized fighting dogs that can be inserted directly behind the enemy to launch a surprise attack or can be placed on the enemy’s surface to occupy commanding heights to suppress firepower. Wilderness launched a three-dimensional pincer attack on the enemy in the building.”
This letter indicates that the pairing of robotic dogs and drones has been developed for use in offensive operations taking place in urban areas that can be dangerous to soldiers.
These areas are notoriously difficult to monitor and infiltrate as they consist of tall buildings and complex structures.
Other videos of different robot dogs Weibo account also show support processes used in similar urban environments.
However, it is difficult to gauge the exact use of this advanced technology as the technical specifications of both the robot and the drone were not revealed in the video, making it impossible to confirm exactly how these systems were used.
Blood-Wing, a Chinese defense contractor, demonstrates drone-deploying an armed robodog.— Lia Wong (@LiaWongOSINT) October 4, 2022
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Classification remains a mystery
For now, the actual designation of the drone remains a mystery, although it resembles one of the many drones produced by China.
The only thing that is clear is that the weapon of the robot dog is similar to the Chinese QBB-97 light machine gun.
Another factor that remains unclear is how an armed robotic dog would behave in actual combat? This does not mean that they cannot be useful equipment in any combat scenarios, especially if they can be brought down by drones into the heart of the action.
The proliferation of drones means that military personnel can put the robot dog into a combat position, even in high-security areas. This endeavor will be done efficiently and without endangering any life. Could this be the future of war?