"Army Developing Family of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robots" (National Defense, 5/25/18)

National Defense | 5/25/2018 | By Connie Lee

 

The Army is establishing three major robotics programs of record to counter explosive devices.

As the service works to integrate more autonomous systems into its force, it has marked the common robotic system- individual, the common robotic system- heavy and the man transportable robotic system increment 2 as three programs to be part of a family of explosive ordnance robots with the same interoperability profile. ...

Tom Frost, president of Endeavor Robotics, said the company’s submission for the program meets the Army’s requirement and is compliant with the service’s interoperability profile. The system is “based on all the lessons learned that we’ve had over the years delivering over 6,000 robots,” he said. Additionally, it is in a similar weight class as a system already developed by the company called the SUGV robot, which weighs less than 30 pounds, he noted.

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