Follow us:

5m Wagner leader launches rebellion in ‘significant challenge to Russia’
10h Heat health warning as London set to be hottest part of UK
10h Arctic Monkeys close Glastonbury after Foo Fighters surprise slot

Meet the ‘world’s first’ robot dog with a flamethrower attachment

The four-legged ‘Thermonator’ can shoot fire at a range of up to 30 feet

23 June 2023

hellish new droid that wields a flamethrower on its back is here to scare off any notions people have of owning a cute robo-pup.

Charmingly called the “Thermonator”, the dog resembles the four-legged bots that are already being used by the Australian army and New York police.

But there is one major difference: This deranged hound can shoot flames at a range of up to 30 feet.

The firepower comes courtesy of the rechargeable flamethrower mounted on its back, which looks like it measures the same size as the droid’s frame.

In a dystopian promotional video, the robot stalks a scorched Earth, its stick-like legs moving at an unsettling pace, as fires rage around it. The droid then rigidly looks up to the skies and unleashes a powerful jet of fire.

It’s hardly the type of cuddly pet you’d expect to come home to after work. That is, if your house is still standing after the Thermonator is done with it.

For now, the droid’s creator claims it will be ready to ship in the third quarter of this year. There’s no mention of price, but those interested can sign up to a waiting list to get notifications on its release date.

The ‘Thermonator’ was built by a firm that claims to be the oldest flamethrower manufacturer in the US

/ FlameThrow

While we wouldn’t bet against this being a prank or publicity stunt, it seems that the company behind the hellhound specialises in making flames shoot out of stuff.

The robot is the brainchild of a firm aptly called ThrowFlame, which claims to be the oldest flamethrower manufacturer in the US.

In 2019, the company released a flamethrower attachment for drones for “remote ignition of both aerial and ground targets”. The add-on, which can apparently fire for up to 100 seconds, costs $1,499 (£1,180), while the ARC-19 compact flamethrower that comes with the new droid costs between $699-$899 (£550-£707).

Brits deranged enough to want the firm’s fire-spewing robot are out of luck, though. The fact is that flamethrowers are illegal in the UK. Still, you can legally purchase them in most places in the USA.

But who’d be interested in buying this dangerous mutt? Well, maybe someone with a penchant for flamethrowers and robots. We’re looking at you, Elon Musk.

Register for free to continue reading

Sign up for exclusive newsletters, comment on stories, enter competitions and attend events.

Please enter a valid emailPlease enter a valid email
Please enter a valid emailPlease
You must be at least 18 years old to create an account
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Opt-out policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking Sign up you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our and .

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.