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Robot dog aims grenade launcher – prototype of Russian M-81 robotic system

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The native M-81 robotic system can fire accurately and carry weapons across a battlefield. At the military fair, it demonstrated its capabilities. According to the builders, series production will soon begin in Russia.

Russian company Intellect Machine unveiled the prototype M-81 robotic system at Russia’s Army 22 exhibition, which opened Monday outside Moscow. According to its creators, the dog-like robot can perform both military and civilian tasks.

A spokesman for the company told the RIA news agency that the robot can be used for a range of civilian uses, such as working in disaster areas and helping rescuers reconnoiter, find paths through rubble or deliver medicine to trapped victims.

However, the company representative added that the M-81 can also be adapted for combat situations, as it is capable of precision fire, target recognition, patrol, and can carry weapons and ammunition.

At a demonstration at the show, the M-81 could be seen following a series of commands from its owner while carrying an unloaded rocket launcher on his back and occasionally aiming it.

As for the canine-like appearance and movement, Intellect Machine explained that the M-81 was heavily inspired by the principles of bionics found in wildlife, particularly in terms of structure and mechanics.

Intellect Machine says the prototype, which was unveiled at the Army 2022 show and built primarily based on Chinese components and technology, costs nearly a million rubles ($18,000). However, the company hopes to start production of these robots in Russia in the near future.

M-81, Spot from Boston Dynamics and the Chinese Go1 are similar in appearance. All of these robots have a dog-like appearance and appear to be able to perform similar tasks.

The US Army has reportedly agreed to donate a Spot-type robotic dog to help a relief organization clear battlefields in Ukraine. The HALO Foundation, a US-based demining organization, said in June it plans to use Spot to clear mines, mortar shells and unexploded ordnance from areas near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, according to its executive director Chris Whatley.

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