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.

Read this for more on the company.


  • Matrix_3692

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

    • Andrew

      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

        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

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

  • Shail

    Kind of adds a new appreciation to the term “dogs of war”, don’t it?

  • Letter Carrier

    Nice doggie. Good doggie. Easy girl…

  • Jeff Fraser

    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

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

    • Brian

      “Chopper, sick balls.”

    • Klaatu

      Detecting boobytraps?

  • Oblat

    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

      I think oblat means Idiot in Arabic.

  • Pandaa

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

  • blight

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

    • Davis

      “Freakin’ laser beams attached to their freakin’ heads.”

  • mamba

    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

    Can I get one for my Ciwawa? ;-)

    • HWN

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

  • Oblat

    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

    Cue PETA!

  • joe

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

  • BlahBITE

    They should mount Stinger missiles on the vest.

    That would be really ultrabad.

    Oh, hey, a fluffy puppy.



    • Olternaut

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

  • Elijah Tishbite

    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

    That’s f’ing funny!!!

  • STemplar


    • lucas

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

  • Bob

    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

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


    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.

    • 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

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

  • Money well spent!!

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

  • eryc

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

  • blight

    Anyone find the “Gross motor skills activated” thing amusing?

  • alexdogg

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

  • Art Brown

    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.