Newly developed robotic K9s will soon be prowling the Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida to enhance security and surveillance patrolling, Florida Insider reported Monday.
The 325th Security Forces Squadron, which handles security for the base, said the robo-dogs are weatherproof, four-legged, unmanned patrolling drones that have two-way communication abilities and high tech sensors that cost about $100,000 a pop, the outlet reported.
“This is a springboard into the future of integrated defense,” Squadron Commander Maj. Jordan Criss told the outlet at a recent demonstration on base.
“This is only the first step, and what we’re very excited to do is be that test and evaluations site which proliferates the rest of this technology for the rest of the Air Force.”
By February 2021, the squadron expects to have four of the robo-dogs in place around the base’s perimeter where they can either roam on their own or be manually operated for up to seven hours before they’ll need to hit a charging station.