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Robots vs IEDs

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) elements are robots which are used in Counter-IED operations. EOD tasks are focused upon the activities of detection, mitigation, Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD), and also exploitation. They are primarily designed as a track vehicle with a retractable arm claw and camera, and are also capable of being armed with a grenade launcher or other infantry arsenals. Some of the robot technologies that have been introduced mitigating this menace are briefly explained below: Talon: It is the most utilized and well known member of the tactical robot family. It can travel through sand, water, and snow as well as climb stairs. The Talon transmits in colour; black and white, infrared, and/or night vision to its operator, who may be up to 1,000 m away. It can operate with lithium-ion batteries for a maximum of seven days independently without recharging. Telemax Explosive Ordnance (EOD) Robot

A four track running gear has been used for the first time in a vehicle of this size, which offers superior mobility compared to other forms of running gear. It can handle gradients of 45° without difficulty. Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) They are lightweight, rugged, specialized systems suitable for military applications in congested urban settings to give users the ability to see around corners and into tight spaces. The SUGV can either be remotely manned, or manipulated through use of a Microsoft Xbox 360 gamepad fitted with speciality drivers. This allows full control of the unit, otherwise unavailable through a conventional joystick. NBCmax CBRNE Service Robot

The NBCmax CBRNE Service Robot is a universal mobile sensor platform that can be equipped with a broad palette of sensors to detect and investigate chemical, biological, explosive or toxic substances. It has been developed to allow the response forces to inspect, and if applicable, deal with hazards from a safe distance. tEODor Explosive Ordnance (EOD) Robot Distance means safety; robust, reliable and flexible in use, the innovative bomb disposal system provides a maximum degree of safety and protection. The basic model is designed as a twin-track vehicle with extremely good manoeuvrability and good properties on open ground; the running gear, equipped with sprung rollers, is characterised by the ability to climb at angles of up to 45°. Packbot: It is another small robot that operates on treads. It's even smaller and lighter than the Talon, weighing in about 40 lbs (18 kg) in the basic scout configuration. It is controlled by a Pentium Processor that has been designed specially to withstand rough treatment. Packbot's chassis has a GPS system, an electronic compass and temperature sensors built in. It comes in several different versions in addition to the basic scout unit. EOD - IEDD TEL600 Service Vehicles: The TEL600 series is a family of vehicles that deal with the demanding tasks associated with the location, identification and removal of explosive and incendiary devices, especially in the event that there is suspicion of a dirty bomb. The range encompasses a compact rapid response (S) vehicle based on a fast four wheel drive (4X4) vehicle to take instant action at the crime scene; medium-sized (M) search-and-detection vehicles for location and identification operations; and fully equipped IED / NBC response system.

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