These dogs may look like your average dogs, but these military dogs are highly skilled, invaluable assets in the war on terror. They can detect explosives, find enemies and chase down anyone who tries to escape.
Operation Neptune Spear
One particular dog that is getting a lot of publicity lately is the one that accompanied US SEALs on the mission to find Osama Bin Laden. This Belgian Shepherd, named "Cairo", was reportedly lowered into the mansion where the Al Qaeda chief was hiding. Top officials said the dog had titanium teeth that could even pierce a bulletproof vest.
Armed to the Teeth
These dogs that are trained for special forces' missions are equipped with tactical vests that cost more than $20,000 per unit. These vests are reported to have infrared and night-vision cameras that allow handlers to use a monitor from up to 1,000 yards away to see what the dog sees. The handler is also able to communicate with the dog through a speaker on the vest. They even have gas masks to ward off chemical attacks.
Call to Arms
Other dogs just like Cairo, are also helping our armed forces by being a force on four legs that are able to parachute into action, rappel into combat and run into a battle. According to the U.S. Air Force, the bite from a German shepherd, one of the breeds used by the military, has a force between 400 and 700 pounds. There are upwards of 3,000 dogs deployed in the US Military.