This Robot Could Be Your New Shipmate

Hull Crawler

Meet QinetiQ North America’s hull crawler — an unmanned underwater vehicle that saves shipmates from having to squeeze into tight spaces or go over the side of the ship to inspect the hull. Military Times recently covered our hull crawler at the annual Navy League symposium. Photo by Sam Fellman, Military Times … [Read more...]

Using Robots to Detect IEDs

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Bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have accounted for 60 percent of all U.S. military casualties in Iraq and killed more than 21,000 Iraqi civilians. Last November, a month before the drawdown in U.S. troops, Iraq’s federal bomb squad participated in parade with bomb-disposal robots in Baghdad. Talon robots save lives by enabling the warfighter to send the robot in first. Learn … [Read more...]

Unmanned Systems: A Market Introduction

Talon Mine Sweeper

With an objective to develop, procure and integrate unmanned systems, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) continues to push for the expansive use of robotics in military operations and the development of more sophisticated systems. A Growing Robotics Industry In 2000, the DoD had 50 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its inventory—a number that by 2010 had grown to more than 7,000. In … [Read more...]