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Japan Ground Self Defense Force Receives VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles

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Japan Ground Self Defense Force Receives VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles

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Japan Ground Self Defense Force Receives VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Japan Ground Self Defense Force Receives VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) have commenced a significant phase in their modernization efforts with the initiation of a procurement and testing program for a range of unmanned systems. This program is part of a broader evaluation initiative aimed at enhancing the integration and operational effectiveness of unmanned technologies within the ground forces. In a notable development, the Japanese military has recently acquired the VISION 60, a cutting-edge quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle (Q-UGV) tailored for diverse applications across both urban and natural environments.

Ground Self-Defense Forces has deployed their quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles in response to the aftermath of the January 1 Noto Earthquake. These innovative machines are part of a broader initiative by the JGSDF to integrate unmanned systems into their operations, with a focus on disaster response and humanitarian aid efforts. The recent earthquake severely damaged transportation infrastructure across the Noto Peninsula, leaving villages isolated and complicating relief efforts. In response, the JGSDF, alongside other branches of the Self-Defense Forces, has formed a joint task force to deliver aid and restore connectivity to affected areas.

 Japan Ground Self Defense Force VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV)
Japan Ground Self Defense Force VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV). (Photo by JASDF Hyakuri)

The Ghost Vision 60 (colloquially known as the “robot dog”) is a quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle (Q-UGV) developed by Ghost robotics to carry out tasks such as remote inspection, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, mapping, distributed communications, and persistent security. The deployment of similar robotic canines has gained prominence globally, with the U.S. Air Force employing such assets since March 2022 for security and patrol missions at military installations. Even if the environment is completely unknown, vision sensors degrade or fail, you can be assured that when legged robot does fail, slip or fall, it will get right back up and continue moving.

Ghost Robotics designed these robots to be extremely durable with the ability to operate in temperatures from -40 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit, maintain functionality while submerged in up to 1 meter of water and operate for a total of 3.15 hours nonstop. With a maximum payload capacity of 31 pounds and the capability to achieve speeds of up to 6.71 miles per hour, the VISION 60 offers high endurance with a maximum operating range of 10 kilometers and a runtime of three hours. Its versatility is further underscored by its ability to navigate various terrains, including rugged landscapes, sand, hills, and even negotiate staircases. This multifunctional design enables the robot to walk, run, crawl, climb, and swim, ensuring maneuverability in complex and demanding environments.

 Japan Ground Self Defense Force VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV)
Japan Ground Self Defense Force VISION 60 Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV). (Photo by JASDF Hyakuri)

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