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This Robot Dog Is Not Iranian

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
17th August 2022
This Robot Dog Is Not Iranian
The video is from the 2022 Russian military exhibition (Twitter).

The Claim

The video shows an Iranian made robot dog carrying a rocket launcher on its back.

Emerging story

Social media users have widely circulated a video purporting to show an Iranian made robot dog. The four-legged robot carries a rocket launcher on its bag.


Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The robot dog is not Iranian. 

The video is from the 2022 military exhibition taking place this week, which is sponsored by Russia’s Ministry of Defense. The video was first published on Telegram by the official Russian news outlet RIA Novosti.

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M-81 Russian Robot Dog

The robot, known as the M-81 system, is manufactured by a Russian technology company called “Intellect Machine,” according to RIA Novosti. The robot dog, as its creators reveal, is intended to carry weapons and ammunition as well as use them during combat missions.

The robot can move quickly across the convention floor while carrying a rocket-propelled grenade launcher on its back. The robot can also kneel on the ground, which makes it more difficult to see as it waits to launch a rocket.

Reaction to the Robot Dog Announcement 

Many social media users are terrified of the potential harm that such robots could cause due to lack of precision or efficiency. 

Other social media users believe that the robot is deliberately dressed as a ninja to conceal the Go-1 robot made by the Chinese company Unitree.

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Photo Description: UNITREE GO1 (Unitree).


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