TALON Keeps Soldiers Safe


Since its introduction more than a decade ago, QinetiQ North America’s TALON family of robots has earned a reputation for durability, flexibility, modularity and performance in keeping personnel, assets and civilians out of harm’s way. TALON robots are powerful, lightweight tracked vehicles that are widely used for explosive ordnance disposal, reconnaissance, communications, sensing, security, … [Read more...]

Army rushing equipment to fight IEDs in Afghanistan

Minotaur beside shack

Shielding warfighters on foot from buried bombs and intercepting insurgents continue to preoccupy Pentagon researchers charged with fielding new gadgets to Afghanistan, even as the war there winds down. Cheap, simple bombs formed from fertilizer remain the No. 1 killer of U.S.troops in Afghanistan, where 68,000 soldiers and marines remain. They're scheduled to come home by 2014. Insurgents, … [Read more...]

Unmanned Systems: A Top Priority in U.S. Defense Strategy

TALON with bomb

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance report, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense (PDF), explains defense priorities, initiatives and budget for the next decade. As summarized by Catherine Dale and Pat Towell in the Congressional Research Service’s Assessing DoD’s New Strategic Guidance (PDF), main points of the report … [Read more...]

RAK Heads to Canada

Robotic Appliqué Kit

Distance yourself from danger using a proven, one-of-a-kind unmanned system. During the 2012 International Explosives Collaboration in Burlington, Ontario, Gryphon Engineering Services and QinetiQ North America introduced for the first time in Canada, the Robotic Appliqué Kit (RAK). QinetiQ’s RAK is a new innovation that can easily be installed in about 15 minutes on 17 different models of … [Read more...]

A Few Good ‘Bots


From the early days of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Marine Corps has been one of the most ardent supporters and users of small combat robots, from hand-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to tiny unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) used to search under cars for bombs at checkpoints or go into buildings or caves ahead of their human operators. Efforts to advance the UGV side of Corps … [Read more...]