The quadruped bionic robot is expected to become a strategic tool for military operations and will be deployed to deliver supplies including munitions and food in challenging environments where normal vehicles have a difficult time negotiating.
CCTV says that the mechanical yak can potentially collect battlefield intelligence and monitor target movements even in the harshest of environments. If this is true, the robot can even be used for recons of rough terrains without alerting enemy radars like other flying drones. It could be particularly useful for missions in remote border regions such as high altitude plateaus, icy terrains, and dense forests where regular surveillance is required but constant human presence isn’t possible.
Chinese military experts say that the bionic robot can play a crucial role in high-risk battle zones by replacing human scouts and delivery teams, thus reducing casualties. If necessary, the mechanical yak will execute armed reconnaissance missions, just like an aerial drone, but only on the ground. There are even plans to equip the machine with weapons in the future.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first quadruped bionic robot China has developed. According to CCTV, a bionic mechanical dog named Geda is another example of this technology. The robotic dog is almost the same size as an actual dog and weighs 70.5 pounds (32 kilos) with the capacity to carry a load of 88 pounds (40 kilos) of goods. The state broadcaster reports that Geda has been trained to understand simple voice commands and use facial recognition. The robot has cleared tests to traverse forests, rocky roads, tiny corridors, single-plank bridges, and narrow passages.
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It will be interesting to see if the quadruped bionic robots live up to the hype. Analysts from the county say that China has plans to unveil more types of bionic robots soon and utilize their advantages in battle.
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