AI-Powered Remote Control Weapons Station Unveiled

General Robotics’s AI-powered PITBULL Remote Control Weapons Stations (RCWS) is optimized for integration on light and armored vehicles and unmanned platforms By Phoebe Grinter / 07 Jun 2022
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General Robotics will introduce the latest version of its PITBULL Remote Control Weapons Stations (RCWS) at Eurosatory 2022. The Smart-AI PITBULL, with enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven capabilities, will enable armored vehicles and unmanned platforms to gain substantial improvement in situational awareness, response rate, and firepower.

The baseline PITBULL is a lightweight RCWS designed to mount 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine guns, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) electro-optical sensors, and other payloads. Unlike other conventional remotely operated RCWS, the PITBULL with the new Smart-AI maintains constant, full awareness of its surroundings, regardless of the platform’s situation.

The Advantages of Smart AI

Using the Smart-AI technology, PITBULL continuously and autonomously detects, tracks and calculates the predicted positions of threats, and friendly forces using its Target Prediction Algorithm (TPA). 

“These advanced functions complement the human operator, enabling the human to be always in control and decide when to press the trigger,” Shahar Gal, General Robotics’ CEO, said. 

Processing the users’ ‘Point & Shoot’ command, and trigger pull, in real-time, the system determines the right time to fire the gun upon the operator’s command, in order to score a perfect shot. 

“This function is optional, and can be activated or disabled, as some users want to maintain full control of the weapon at all times,” Gal added. 

PITBULL is operated via the tablet-based Remote Control Unit (RCU) designed for intuitive Point & Shoot™ operation.
PITBULL is operated via the tablet-based Remote Control Unit (RCU) designed for intuitive Point & Shoot operation.

PITBULL’s self-awareness functions optimize it for robotic systems applications, implemented on the Israel Aerospace Industries Jaguar Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), operated by the Israel Defense Forces on the ‘smart and lethal border.’ The PITBULL RCWS can also be configured for counter-drone system missions, equipped with soft and hard-kill measures.

New Versions for DOGO and CHAMELEON

General Robotics will also display its CHAMELEON miniature recce robot and DOGO MkIII weaponized indoor robot at Eurosatory 2022. 

The new DOGO MKIII has improved cameras, target tracking, night vision, faster Point & Shoot capability, and is designed to accommodate additional weapons. DOGO has become a famous weaponized robot, operational by numerous special forces and SWAT units in high-risk situations. General Robotics backs the DOGO with the ‘Anti-Terror Warranty,’ providing repair or replacement for DOGO units lost in combat. 

The new CHAMELEON adds unique features for special operations, including MESH-based multi-robot operation and the ability to climb on vertical metallic surfaces.

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