The SWORD Defense Systems Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) was demonstrated on the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.

Sword Defense Demos Unmanned Weapon Systems on Robotics

Sword Defense Systems has guns to work with robot dogs and drones, according to a story on It’s alarming, but the reality of warfare in the future—not some plot theme from a new movie.

Ghost Robotics created the robot dogs for the military, and it displayed this deadly model at the Association of the United States Army’s 2021 annual conference in Washington D.C. recently. Sword International built the “special purpose unmanned rifle” (or SPUR) module. According to The Verge, it has a thermal camera for nighttime operation, an effective range of 1.2km (just under three-quarters of a mile), and 30x optical zoom.

Nice. We can all be thankful that Boston Dynamics, which as you know is an American company, refuses to weaponize their dogs. So far. But to be sure, every other major nation is developing its weaponized robots.

While Ghost Robotics has made a lot of noise with its weapons, it’s still unclear if it is a totally autonomous robot or if it will have human operators. Also, Lockheed Martin says it will have weapons flying on drones that will ride on top of the robodog.

We don’t know whether to feel safer from the big bad world or to be terrified of the weapons that will be deployed in our own world.