The French army trained with the robot dog Spot


The battlefields of the future are expected to be robotized. Therefore, students at France’s premier military school have had to do combat exercises with Boston Dynamics robot dog Spot.

The French École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr is the country’s foremost military training facility. One of the challenges that the school’s students can expect to deal with on the battlefield of the future is robotisation. To equip them for this, the students have now had to do combat exercises with various robots, including the American Boston Dynamics Spot, tells The Verge.

For two days, the soldiers have had to practice in different battle scenarios, both with and without robots. In this way, they have been able to evaluate the potential role of the machines in combat.

It seems that Spot’s main task during the experiments has been reconnaissance. The robot dog, which weighs just over 30 kilos, is equipped with cameras, can be controlled remotely and get around terrain that, for example, robots on wheels do not handle as well.

One of the conclusions from the exercises is that the robots slowed down the operations. But at the same time, they must have contributed to the troops being safer. A soldier says that he succeeded in an exercise thanks to robots, but that was not the case in the experiments but.

And how did it go for Spot then? Like that, it seems. During an exercise, the robot dog ran out of battery and then had to be carried out.

According to Boston Dynamics’ vice president of business development, the company was not aware that Spot would participate in these exercises in advance. Therefore, the company also does not know what the exact purpose of Spot’s presence was.

Boston Dynamics has emphasized that their machines will never be armed. According to the terms of use for Spot, it is not allowed to use the robot dog to harm or scare people or animals, as a weapon or to enable any weapon.


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