K9 Storm Intruder!

Today’s military K9 Units are far more advanced and safer than the days of WWI through Vietnam!!!   

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contributed by: Tom Rosamond

       The Dog That Cornered Osama bin Laden!

When Obama went to Fort  Campbell, Kentucky , last week for a highly publicized meeting with the  commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of  the super-secret U.S. Navy SEAL ‘DevGru Unit Six ‘ was identified by  name: ‘Cairo’ , a Navy Seal war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois.
The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range. (66 lbs.)
 
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(German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the  American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better  for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often  undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations for their brute strength and intelligence.



Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly  trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to  perform extraordinary military missions by Sea, Air and Land (thus the  acronym ‘SEAL’).
The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans.
These dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or any of his K-9 buddies.


The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones first, allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow. As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water. Last year SEAL canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at.
 Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump. Here’s a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc.
(More about those folks shortly).


As well, the dogs are very faithful and ferocious incredibly frightening and efficient attackers.
I have seen it reported repeatedly that the teeth of SEAL war dogs are replaced with titanium implants that are stronger, sharper and scare-your-pants-off intimidating, but a U.S. Military spokesman has denied that charge, so I really don’t know (never having seen a canine SEAL face-to-face). I do know that I’ve never seen a photo of a war dog with anything even vaguely resembling a set of shiny metal chompers.
When the SEAL DevGru Six team (usually known by its old designation, Seal Team 6) hit bin Ladens Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo s feet would have been the first of four on  the ground. He was the first one to see Bin Laden alive (but not for long!)
 And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armor and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included Doggles specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through concrete walls.
Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech doggie gear? From Winnipeg, Canada, of all places.
 Jim and Glori Slater’s Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm Inc., has a  deserved worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing probably the best body Armor available for police and military dogs.

Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by their K9 Storm body Armor.


 
Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s. Soon Slater was making body Armor for other cop dogs, then the Canadian military and soon the world. The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that makes it ideal for tandem rappelling and  parachuting.


And then there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm especially appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who bought four of K9 Storm Inc. top-end Intruder canine tactical assault suits last year for $86,000.

You can be sure Cairo was wearing one of those four suits when he jumped into bin Laden’s lair.
Heres an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:


Just as the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point of the American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a canine military hierarchy.
In all, the U.S. military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here’s the link to a dandy photo essay about U.S. war dogs that just appeared in the journal ‘Foreign Policy’.
Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you will see. Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc
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As for the ethics of sending dogs to war, that’s pretty much a moot point, don’t you think? If it’s ethical to send humans into combat, then why not dogs?
At least the U.S. now treats its war dogs as full members of the military. They even earn promotions and all medals and ribbons for gallantry in action

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