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Israel Uses Gaza as a Testing Ground for Robots

  • A remote-controlled robotic dog.

    A remote-controlled robotic dog. | Photo: X/ @Romouze

Published 4 March 2024

One of the devices being tested is a U.S.-made Vision 60 robotic dog, which costs US$165,000.

On Monday, the newspaper Haaretz reported that Israeli occupation forces are actively using robots in Gaza to enhance military technology.


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 "During hostilities in the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli Army conducted tests with the Vision 60 robot dog, the Rooster mini-robot, and unmanned D9 bulldozers," RT reported. 

"This is not the first time that the Israeli military has used robots in its operations, but Gaza has given them experience in their control in street combat and tunnel reconnaissance operations," it added. 

Among the routine activities performed by the robots are surveillance of buildings and tunnels, as well as inspection of terrain before the arrival of Israeli occupation forces.

"Previously, the military used dogs with attached cameras. However, many animals have already been injured in the conflict," RT recalled. 

"The robot dog has several advantages over the use of real dogs because they have a stable platform to record the situation," it added. 

Among the disadvantages of this technology, however, are its high cost, its weight of over 50 kilograms, and a limited operation time of 3 hours and 10 kilometers. 

This is the case, for example, with the Vision 60 robot dogs, which are manufactured by the U.S. company Ghost Robotics and cost around US$165,000.

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