The Badass Gear the Dog on the Bin Laden Raid Wore

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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25 Comments on "The Badass Gear the Dog on the Bin Laden Raid Wore"

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

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

  3. Letter Carrier | May 19, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply

    Nice doggie. Good doggie. Easy girl…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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

  9. Can I get one for my Ciwawa? ;-)

  10. 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.

  11. Cue PETA!

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

  13. They should mount Stinger missiles on the vest.

    That would be really ultrabad.

    Oh, hey, a fluffy puppy.



  14. Elijah Tishbite | May 20, 2011 at 12:31 am | Reply

    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.

  15. That's f'ing funny!!!

  16. Woof.

  17. 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)

  18. 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.

  19. Roger K-niner | May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  24. 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 "" for some historical reference.

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