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Weaponized Multi-Utility Unmanned Ground Vehicles

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UGVs Being Developed for Dangerous Missions

Unmanned platforms, from unmanned aerial vehicles [drones] to robotic vehicles on the ground [UGV], represent a capability extension in many areas, including use of weapons.

The Rise of the Robots

UGVs were mainly used to eliminate explosive objects. Thousands of UGVs were, for example, used in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011. Many hundreds of others are used in law enforcement and rescue operations. The UGVs were used to eliminate improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

QinetiQ, with North America’s TALON family of robots, was introduced in 1995 and has earned a reputation for durability, flexibility, modularity and performance in keeping personnel, assets and civilians out of harm’s way. In the military, The TALONs are widely deployed by law enforcement and military for IED, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and HAZMAT (hazardous materials). TALON robots have been in continuous, active military service since 1995. They were successfully used in Bosnia for the safe movement and disposal of live grenades. Out of the two robot types used at Ground Zero, TALON robots were the only ones to last the tough mission without requiring a major repair. TALON robots were used extensively at Ground Zero in search and recovery efforts after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. They were the first robots taken into Afghanistan during action against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. In four years, they performed over 20,000 separate assignments.

UGV use, which was once mainly focused on explosive ordnance disposal, appears to be shifting somewhat towards addressing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE) threats and being weaponized. This article describes some Weaponized Multi-Utility UGV systems.

Weaponized Military UGVs

Weaponized robots handle almost all types of missions being developed for combat, where they can be deadly and perform …read more

Read more here:: Small Arms Defense Journal (Land)

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