If you've ever seen a police canine running after a suspect on an episode of “COPS” and thought it looked more ferocious and deadly than any pooch you've ever seen before, just imagine that same dog equipped with high-tech specs like body armor, an infrared camera, a radio ear piece and titanium fangs. Yes, titanium fangs.
That's what you can expect from many dogs trained by the U.S. military for war and special ops these days, The Daily reports. Oh, and the dogs are also trained to wear oxygen masks for high-altitude skydives they take with soldiers. The military dogs are becoming increasingly popular because of their assistance to Navy SEALs, including the bomb sniffer that joined SEAL Team Six during their raid on the Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan which resulted in the death of bin Laden.
The SEAL dogs outfitted with titanium fangs – which cost $2,000 a tooth – are able to pierce through an enemy's body armor with a single bite. “It's just devastating what these teeth do when they get into someone,” says Alex Dunbar, a former Marine who trains U.S. military dogs at his Close Quarter Battle K9 school in Colorado. “It's like being stabbed four times at once with a bone crusher.”
The Seal Team Six dog used in the raid against bin Laden was most likely a German shepherd, according to Dunbar. The dog would have dropped into the battle zone strapped to the chest of one of the SEAL Team Six members as he rappelled from one of the Black Hawk helicopters outside of bin Laden's compound, and then could stream live images to SEALs in other parts of bin Laden's house. Ah, man's best friend.
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