Machine-gun-wielding robot dog in Russia brings us closer to the real-life ‘Black Mirror’

A robot dog modified to include a machine gun on the top half of its body has caught the internet’s attention with its sophisticated design resembling something out of a sci-fi thriller.

As seen in the video, which garnered over 7.3 million views on Twitter, a silver color robot dog runs along a firing range as he opens fire on various targets.

The gunshots are terrifically powerful, with bullets coming out in short, sharp staccatos. Despite the snowy terrain, the robot dog is able to move quite quickly.

On July 17, NowThis News posted a clip of Boston Dynamic’s 5-foot-tall, 190-pound “humanoid robot” named Atlas running and jumping over obstacles, causing many netizens to connect the robot dog to the designs of the American company.

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While the author of the Twitter post, @sonicmega, also refers to the “Funny Dancing Robot Dogs” made by the American company Boston Dynamicsother users have noted that the design is very similar to Chinese Unitree robots.

According CybernewsSean Gallagher, Senior Threat Researcher at Sophos, compares the pattern seen in the video to the Hangzhou-based company and its Go1 robot dog model, which sells approx. $3,000.

When a user claimed that the robot was a fake, a netizen responded by moving the video up to the original post in March by Russian businessman Alexander Atamanov, founder of a hoverbike company.

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The robot dog clip appears to have been taken in Russia, as its left side bears the Russian flag and on the other a wolf’s head, which is a common insignia used by Russian special operations forces.

A parked armored vehicle seen in the video can be identified by its distinctive triangular door as a BRDM-2, which was recently spotted in Ukraine.

Image selected via Alexander Atamanov

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