It’s well known that the U.S. military has an amazing catalog of technology at its disposal, but I had no idea that our nation’s K-9 defenders were mobile tech geeks. The SEAL team that raided Osama bin Laden brought along a four-legged friend that was likely equipped with some nice mobile gear.
According to an article that appeared in The Daily, SEAL team dogs are trained to go anywhere their human counterparts go. They can enter buildings and run ahead of the rest of the team to scout the enemy. Since dogs can’t exactly whisper back intel, they’re outfitted with infrared cameras that can stream live video back to their humans. The infrared cameras can be used in the dark, just like night-vision goggles. An ear radio is used to relay commands to the dogs from afar. Adjustable body armor with specialized breathable fabric keeps the SEAL dogs safe and comfortable.
Some military dogs are outfitted with titanium teeth, which cost about $2,000 each.
There’s a lot of talk about the high-tech helicopters used to take down Osama bin Laden, but I’m more impressed by how our furry friends are using technology.