An Israeli father-and-son team has created a robot that they claim is better at shooting than humans after a family member was injured in combat.
Produced with the help of the Israeli Ministry of Defence and counter-terrorism unit, “Dogo” can tackle any type of terrain - including stairs - and provides 360-degree vision to soldiers before they enter combat situations.
The robot can be armed with a 9mm Glock pistol, pepper spray, a taser or a dazzling light, to be used on command.
Shahar Gal, who developed the machine with his father and founder of the Tel Aviv-based General Robotics Ltd, retired Israeli Colonel Udi Gal, said this would create a new kind of soldier.
“A remote operator can perform tasks - he can click on the screen to target the threat and shoot. The warriors of the future can be those who play Call Of Duty.”
Dogo came from a personal motivation. “I have a brother-in-law who served as a Navy Seal, and while he was clearing a dangerous place he got shot in the arm and another bullet stuck in his helmet.
“He was lucky to survive, but there are so many occasions where people need to risk their lives on a daily basis. We wanted to do something more for these forces.”
The 38-year-old, who will launch Dogo in June, said the machine could become as widely used as drones.
“Until a few years ago, no-one thought airstrikes would be carried out by drones, but today it is the most common airstrike. So why should it be any different on the ground?
“If the Ministry of Defence has been involved in it, I think they have intentions of using it.”