General Robotics brings the new Dogo Mk II tactical robot to DSEI 2019. The new robot is optimized to assist SWAT teams and close-quarters combat (CQB), inside buildings and underground. With a faster Point & Shoot interface, DOGO can accurately move, designate and use lethal or non-lethal means simply by clicking on the screen.
According to Shahar Gal, CEO of General Robotics, until now the robotics market was dominated by robots that were designed to handle explosives (EOD). “Technological advancements now make robots more responsive, accurate and lethal without compromising safety.”
According to Gal, DOGO is used by special forces and SWAT and close quarter combat (CQB) operators, as a means of surveillance and as a pioneer, sent into a fatal funnel to provide situational awareness and remote engagement capability thus increase the survivability of the entire team. Until DOGO, the only way to obtain such capabilities was to send a team member into the potentially deadly situation, risking them suffering enemy and friendly fire.
Designed with a friendly, ’Point & Shoot’ interface developed by General Robotics, managing the robot inside a building is simple and intuitive. I was able to control the robot across several rooms and corridors, spot and track targets and shoot, after a few minutes of training.
Weighing 12 kg, Dogo Mk II has two front extenders, enabling it to overcome obstacles and stairs, using a stair climbing mechanism. The robot includes eight video cameras that provide 360° live video and boresight views and can communicate in hostage situations. As an unmanned element spearheading the assault team Dogo Mk II can be equipped to carry both non-lethal pepper spray, or dazzling light module attachments, effective at a range of five to 10 meters.
It also retains its integral pistol mount, enabling the user to engage targets with lethal fire. DOGO also has a built-in loudspeaker and mike to enable the combat team to picket and negotiate with the suspect or hostages. The robot uses a laser designator and Near IR illumination to operate in dark or underground spaces.
According to Gal, DOGO Mark II has already been delivered to special forces among which are NATO members and has been pre-ordered by several other customers.