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The Badass Gear the Dog on the Bin Laden Raid Wore

by John Reed on May 19, 2011

In case you haven’t seen this yet, it’s the gear that Cairo, the military working dog that accompanied the SEALs on their mission to kill Osama bin Laden might have been wearing for the raid.

While reports the dog wore titanium covers over his (or her?) fangs might not be accurate, he was likely kitted out with some of this gear from Canadian company called K9 Storm Inc.

As you can see, this dog’s vest comes with a day and nighttime camera and a two way radio allowing the dog’s handler to see and hear what the dog does and give it commands from afar, even through concrete walls.  Last year, the SEALs gave K9 Storm $86,000 to buy four vests for their dogs. Even the V-rings used to attach items to the bullet and stab-resistant vest are made from a composite that saves a ton of weight (well, 100 or so grams) and is silent compared to metal ones that can clink together, giving away a dog’s position.

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Matrix_3692 May 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

Kevlar vests with full battle gear? sooner or later they are going to be fitting firearms on men's best friend.


Andrew May 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

Apparently, back in WWII, the Soviets used dogs that were trained to go crawl under tanks. These dogs were fitted with explosives and a pressure-activated lever as a trigger mechanism. However, they trained them on Soviet tanks, which used a different fuel than the the German tanks, so the dogs tended to crawl under Soviet tanks when they were released in combat.


Riceball May 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

I don't think it was fuel, from what I've read it was the sound of the engines was what caused the dogs to run for Soviet tanks. I'd imagine that both Soviet & German tanks both used diesel for fuel, as I recall it was mostly Shermans that had gas engines.


Brian May 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Whether 100% true or not, this is an awesome story. :)


Shail May 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

Kind of adds a new appreciation to the term "dogs of war", don't it?


Letter Carrier May 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

Nice doggie. Good doggie. Easy girl…


Jeff Fraser May 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

What exactly was the purpose of having the dog on the raid? Was it for Cairo's sniffing abilities, fear factor, or something else? Cause I think DEVGRU dropping into your compound guns blazing at oh dark thirty is scary enough.


Riceball May 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

Probably all of the above, although I think maybe more A & C than B.


Brian May 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

"Chopper, sick balls."


Klaatu May 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Detecting boobytraps?


Oblat May 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

The dog would have been used to subdue bin Laden without killing him.

But they botched the raid to capture him by crashing on the front lawn.


USA May 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I think oblat means Idiot in Arabic.


Pandaa May 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

A stab resistant attack dog. o god THE COMBAT KNIFE DOES NOTHING HELP


blight May 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm

next will be remotely operated weapons on mans best friend. tasers? pepperballs? Guns?


Davis May 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

"Freakin' laser beams attached to their freakin' heads."


mamba May 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Cairo's role was tracker…in case any tangos tried to flee the scene…either thru a tunnel network or on foot from the compound

although it was reported that osama was so comfortable that he didnt have an escape plan, he had slipped thru before so it was a contingency that had to be countered


Jack May 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Can I get one for my Ciwawa? ;-)


HWN May 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Yes, but don't ride your bike for a week….


Oblat May 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Don't worry the dog will write a tell all book released next year that disses the rest of Seal Team 6 and claims they were useless after the drivers porn was found.


zippy May 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm



joe May 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

First the CIA station chief in Pakistan, now this? F.U. wikileaks


BlahBITE May 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

They should mount Stinger missiles on the vest.

That would be really ultrabad.

Oh, hey, a fluffy puppy.




Olternaut May 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

LOL! Can you imagine if they mounted mini-hellfires on attack dogs AND allow the dogs to independently target and fire them?


Elijah Tishbite May 20, 2011 at 12:31 am

I may be on the wrong page. I was looking for a defense team to help with defending my computer and all the programs I have.


Sati8d May 20, 2011 at 6:32 am

That's f'ing funny!!!


STemplar May 20, 2011 at 10:06 am



lucas July 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Latest News: Europe Has Been Taken
Obama: Who let the dogs out?


Bob May 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Forget about one dog for a second. Can you imagine platoon-size elements, er pack-size elements, of these mofo's? How fun would that be to let lose on the battlefield. Release the hounds! (said in my best Mr. Burns voice)


Olternaut May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

As long as they give the dogs titanium teeth caps then I would agree.


SPECTRE May 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Bob, sounds like you've been playing too much Call of Duty… lol

Anyway, this is pretty awesome. Spec Ops doggies are being used a lot more often nowadays. Kind of disappointed they forgot OPSEC and released the name of our badass friend.


@1389 May 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I'm not even in the military and I thought of that too. That may make it too easy for enemy to identify the servicemen who work with the dog, or have done so in the past. In addition, some enemy might make a big effort to target and kill the dog himself, on account of the dog's involvement in the raid.


Roger K-niner May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

My dog has a 3 barrell .22lr minigun mounted on each side of the vest.


Thomas J Marinus May 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Money well spent!!


Gary Dobson May 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Every Police K( needs to be equipped the same way…..they also need kevlar boots for the paws….


eryc July 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Talking about taking a bite out of crime…..Scruff McGruff would be proud….


blight July 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Anyone find the "Gross motor skills activated" thing amusing?


alexdogg July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm

next we're going to fit fido with a minigun, a remote controlled 50 cal barret and a javelin launcher


Art Brown June 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

As a former VN (yes we had tracker teams in VN)Tracker Dog handler (Yellow Lab Moe T005) I can only comment that though it seems pretty sophisticated, this can work in very limited combat environs. See our website "combattrackerteams.org" for some historical reference.


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