By working in a desert, an electric-powered quadruped bionic robot developed independently by China demonstrates its high adaptative capability. The mechanical yak, as it's known, is the world's largest, heaviest, and most off-road competent robot of its kind. Image courtesy of China Central Television. Analysts said on Sunday that China has developed the world's largest electric-powered quadruped bionic robot, which is expected to assist in logistics delivery and reconnaissance missions in complex environments that have proven too difficult for human soldiers, such as remote border regions and high-risk combat zones. The robot, which walks on four legs and has a yak-like look, has been dubbed a mechanical yak by some. China Central Television (CCTV) said on Friday that the robot is the world's largest, heaviest, and most off-road-capable of its kind.
According to the news clips, the machine is more than half the height of an adult when walking, and its length is around two times that of an adult. It can carry up to 160 pounds and, despite its small, can sprint at speeds of up to 10 kilometers per hour, according to CCTV. According to the report, the mechanical yak is equipped with sensors that allow it to be aware of its surroundings and environment, and it has demonstrated a strong adaptative ability to a variety of terrains, including steeps, trenches, and cliffs, as well as muddy roads, grasslands, deserts, and snowfields. The robot can move forward and backward, turn, walk diagonally, run, dash, and jump in a stable manner thanks to 12 sets of joint modules, according to the article. According to CCTV, the quadruped bionic robot may be used to bring supplies such as munitions and food to areas like plateaus, mountains, deserts, and forests where standard vehicles have difficulty crossing. Close-in reconnaissance is another potential application, as it can acquire battlefield intelligence and follow target movements even in complex circumstances that have proven too difficult for human soldiers, according to CCTV. According to a Chinese military analyst who requested anonymity, the robot is an excellent choice for missions in distant border regions where regular surveillance is required but conditions do not allow for a permanent human presence, such as high altitude plateaus, snowy regions, and dense forests. It will also be crucial in high-risk battle zones, since it will be able to replace some human scouts and delivery teams, reducing losses, according to the expert. The robot might be armed and execute armed reconnaissance missions, exactly like an aerial drone, but only on the ground, if necessary, according to the expert. China has developed a number of quadruped bionic robots, including the mechanical yak. According to CCTV, another example is Geda, a bionic mechanical dog. The robotic dog is almost the same size as a live dog. According to the article, it weighs 32 kilos but can carry a full load of 40 kg of items. According to CCTV, Geda has been trained to understand simple spoken orders and recognize faces and has passed testing to cross forests, rocky roads, tiny corridors, and single-plank bridges. Analysts predict that China will develop additional types of bionic robots and leverage their advantages in combat.
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